WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. -- Florida could be moving into the wet season ... at long last.
The arrival of Tropical Storm Beryl could be a sign that things are beginning their seasonal improvement.
Water managers note that Beryl has drawn moisture up the state, helping to ease prolonged dry conditions in many areas.
The state's drought is not over, by any means; but the early signs are that Florida is getting a break.
Water managers across the state say it will take a prolonged period of steady rain to bring water levels back up to the comfort zones of managers.
They note that the key words here are "slow and steady."
One of the less desirable effects of a storm that comes in hard and heavy is the tendency of gallons of water to hit dry, parched ground in moments.
Hard trains coming after no rain to speak of tend to cause troubles of their own, such as flooding and the choking of water drainage systems, without creating any solid relief.
Officials say it can feel as if the pendulum swings from the extremes of too dry to too wet, but they hope to see a balance with this rainy season.