December 05, 2000
Though Florida has received plenty of adverse publicity in recent weeks, the "Sunshine State" has received too little precipitation this year. In fact, in most of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the western Carolinas, the weather has been extremely dry. For example, precipitation for the first 11 months of 2000 was only 52% of normal in Panama City, Florida. The photograph above shows a farm near Bonifay Florida, in the Florida Panhandle. Note that the water in the farm pond is almost 5 feet below the normal water level. Many ponds in the "deep south" completely dried up this summer, and pastures could not provide adequate forage for livestock.