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Central Floridave

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seems like the dry season has come early. I haven't seen any rain in awhile and none in the forecast.

Although, the weather is nice and mild I hate no rain. Rain buckets are dried up.
 03/11/2020 08:56 AM
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3.28 inches for the year here at our 32951 hacienda.

Speaking of that, is anyone using Davis Weather systems online?

Mine ( "Avenue B" ) is at weatherlink.com:

https://www.weatherlink.com/map/a98ad543-801e-467c-9009-744d06a15de8
 03/11/2020 06:35 PM
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I've gotten decent rain this winter. But, April/May dry months seem to have hit in March. I don't have a weather station so don't know the numbers but go on available rain water trapped in buckets. They are bone dry now. I can only use rain water for the acid loving jaboticaba. Also, this is time of year they really need water to help fruit development.
 03/23/2020 07:40 AM
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Anybody got any rain dance that work?
 04/03/2020 01:48 PM
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Central Floridave

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fyi, some possible rain in the sunday afternoon forecast.
 04/05/2020 10:26 AM
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Central Floridave

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Getting some sprinkles this afternoon. Need more.
 04/05/2020 02:05 PM
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Central Floridave

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Dumpage this afternoon. A good 3 hours of solid rain. Needed it.
 04/06/2020 12:07 AM
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Half inch at Vero airport. Good.
 04/06/2020 06:12 AM
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1.25 inches in the downtown Mel Bch and, even more important, spread over about 18 hrs. A steady, soft rainfall that soaked the ground with no runoff. Perfect.
 04/06/2020 07:31 AM
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Yes, yesterday was a perfect rain. I was getting tired of dragging the hose. Won't have to do that for a few days now!
 04/08/2020 08:20 AM
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Yes it was nice!

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 04/08/2020 12:07 PM
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Potential for more rain in the forecast for Fri, Sun and Tue - Thurs/Fri (50% on wx.com)
 04/09/2020 05:58 AM
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Fri...A late season cold front will move southward across the
area, as a broad upr trough swings across the SE to follow.
Forcing provided by a 100+kt jet, and suitable moisture will help
increase shower chcs to high range scattered coverage areawide,
along with a small chc of general thunder from around Brevard
county southward, where the airmass will become partially buoyant
ahead of the approaching front. Highs will only make into the
L-M70s across the north, and L80s southern sections. Showers
should diminish from W-E Fri night with post frontal lows on the
cool side in the L-M50s North and Central, to L60s Treasure Coast.
 04/15/2020 08:46 AM
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come on rain....

Melbourne Wx discussion:

...An Approaching Cool Front Will Bring Some Temporary Relief from
the Excessive April Heat Tomorrow...

See no reason to make any changes to the inherited forecast.
Deepening moisture overspreading the area as a cold front
gradually works its way southward will bring increasing coverage
of showers and storms beginning this afternoon, especially from
Orlando to Titusville northward. There could be a couple of strong
to severe storms capable of producing wind gusts of 50-60 mph as
forecast soundings are showing favorable DCAPE around 1000 J/kg
this afternoon. Some small hail will also be possible. Drier air
farther to the south should provide lesser coverage of showers and
storms, but still cannot rule out an isolated strong or severe
storm.
 04/24/2020 05:06 AM
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MEGA RAIN Friday 4/24 AND in the morning.

Well, we had a dry season, typically its April/May, but these late season cold fronts are bringing the rain lately.
 05/01/2020 11:17 AM
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Good chunk of rain on April 30th! Two heavy rains. Like it.
 05/03/2020 05:37 AM
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
217 PM EDT Sat May 2 2020

...April 2020 was Warmer Than Normal with Near to Above Normal
Rainfall Across East Central Florida...

After an extremely dry March, a more active weather pattern
developed across Florida into April. Several fronts moved through
the area, with multiple rounds of showers and strong storms crossing
east central Florida, especially during the second half of the
month. This increase in rainfall produced near to above normal
precipitation for April, helping ease drought conditions in place.
Any cold fronts that crossed the state, however, were weak, with
above normal temperatures continuing to dominate across the region.
Average temperatures for the month ranked within the top ten warmest
for April at most locations, with numerous high and warm minimum
temperature records set or tied through the month.


...Temperatures...

A frontal passage at the start of April led to a brief drop in
temperatures through the 3rd, with the coolest lows for the month,
in the upper 40s to mid 50s, occurring during this period.
Additional cold fronts crossed the area through the month, but any
reprieve from the prevailing warmer than normal temperatures was
limited. The ongoing trend this year of abundant warm temperature
records (both record highs and warm lows) being set or tied across
the region continued into April (see list below). In fact, on the
13th, the hottest day of the month, temperatures soared into the mid
to upper 90s that afternoon. This not only obliterated the records
for the day at all primary climate sites, but also set new record
highs for the month at Sanford and Vero Beach, where the max
temperatures reached 97 degrees at both sites. Well above normal
overnight lows in the mid to upper 70s also set monthly records
during the 12th and 13th at Leesburg, Orlando, Vero Beach and Fort
Pierce.

Monthly average temperatures were around 3 to 4 degrees above
normal, with all primary climate sites, except Daytona Beach,
within their respective top ten warmest April rankings on record.
This well above normal warmth that has persisted since January
actually ranks as the warmest start to a year on record for much of
the area, including at Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Sanford, Orlando and
Vero Beach!


Daily Record Temperatures for the Month:

Daytona Beach:
- April 9th: Tied record high of 91 degrees last set in 1999. Also,
set record warm low of 71 degrees. Previous record was 68 last set
in 1994.
- April 13th: Record high of 94 degrees. Previous record was 92
degrees last set in 1978.
- April 18th: Tied record warm low of 70 degrees last set in 1969.

Leesburg:
- April 9th: Record warm low of 74 degrees. Previous record was 70
degrees last set in 1991.
- April 12th: Tied record warm low of 73 degrees last set in 2013.
- April 13th: Record high of 92 degrees. Previous record was 91
degrees last set in 2001. Also, set record warm low of 79 degrees.
Previous record was 72 degrees last set in 2019. This also broke the
warmest minimum temperature on record in April at this site of 76
degrees, last set on April 26th, 2015.
- April 14th: Record high of 92 degrees. Previous record was 91
degrees set in 1972. Also, set record warm low of 75 degrees.
Previous record was 70 degrees last set in 2015.
- April 18th: Tied record warm low of 72 degrees last set in 2015.
- April 19th: Tied record high of 92 degrees last set in 2013. Also,
tied record warm low of 72 degrees last set in 2013.

Sanford:
- April 9th: Tied record high of 91 degrees last set in 1999. Also,
set record warm low of 73 degrees. Previous record was 70 degrees
last set in 2019.
- April 13th: Record high of 97 degrees. Previous record was 92
degrees last set in 1974. This also broke the warmest maximum
temperature on record in April at this site of 96 degrees, last set
on April 28th, 2017. Also, set record warm low of 74 degrees.
Previous record was 72 degrees last set in 2019.
- April 14th: Tied record high of 92 degrees last set in 1974.
- April 19th: Record high of 94 degrees. Previous record was 92
degrees last set in 2015.

Orlando:
- April 9th: Record warm low of 73 degrees. Previous record was 70
degrees last set in 1908.
- April 12th: Tied record high of 94 degrees last set in 1922.
- April 13th: Record high of 97 degrees. Previous record was 95
degrees last set in 1922. Also, set record warm low of 76 degrees.
Previous record was 75 degrees last set in 1902. This also tied the
warmest minimum temperature on record in April at this site, last
set on April 26th, 2015.
- April 14th: Record warm low of 74 degrees. Previous record was 71
degrees last set in 2019.
- April 15th: Record warm low of 72 degrees. Previous record was 71
degrees last set in 2015.

Melbourne:
- April 12th: Tied record warm low of 75 degrees last set in 2013.
- April 13th: Record high of 96 degrees. Previous record was 92
degrees last set in 1978. Also, set record warm low of 77 degrees.
Previous record was 73 degrees last set in 2019.

Vero Beach:
- April 9th: Record high of 93 degrees. Previous record was 92
degrees last set in 2018.
- April 12th: Record warm low of 76 degrees. Previous record was 75
degrees last set in 2013.
- April 13th: Record high of 97 degrees. Previous record was 89
degrees last set in 1965. This also broke the warmest maximum
temperature on record in April at this site of 95 degrees, last set
on April 26th, 2015. Also, set record warm low of 77 degrees.
Previous record was 75 degrees last set in 2019. This also tied the
warmest minimum temperature on record in April at this site, last
set on April 29th, 1991.
- April 14th: Record high of 93 degrees. Previous record was 92
degrees last set in 2001.
- April 15th: Record high of 94 degrees. Previous record was 93
degrees last set in 1999.
- April 20th: Tied record warm low of 73 degrees last set in 1957.

Fort Pierce:
- April 8th: Tied record high of 91 degrees last set in 1939.
- April 9th: Record high of 92 degrees. Previous record was 91
degrees last set in 2018.
- April 10th: Tied record high of 90 degrees last set in 1975.
- April 12th: Record warm low of 77 degrees. Previous record was 75
degrees last set in 2013. This also tied the warmest minimum
temperature on record in April at this site, last set on April 30th,
2017.
- April 13th: Record high of 96 degrees. Previous record was 90
degrees last set in 1946. Also, set record warm low of 75 degrees.
Previous record was 74 degrees last set in 2019.
- April 14th: Tied record high of 92 degrees last set in 2001. Also,
tied record warm low of 74 degrees last set in 2019.
- April 15th: Record high of 95 degrees. Previous record was 94
degrees last set in 1999. Also, tied record warm low of 73 degrees
last set in 1982.


Average temperatures for April 2020 at the primary climates across
east central Florida are as follows (rankings provided if in the top
10):

- Daytona Beach had a monthly average temperature of 72.1 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 3.2 degrees above normal.

- Leesburg had a monthly average temperature of 75.2 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 4.3 degrees above normal. This ranks as the
4th warmest average temperature for April on record at this site,
with records extending back to 1958.

- Sanford had a monthly average temperature of 74.5 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 3.1 degrees above normal. This ranks as the
5th warmest average temperature for April on record at this site,
with records extending back to 1948.

- Orlando had a monthly average temperature of 75.6 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 4.4 degrees above normal. This ranks as the
7th warmest average temperature for April on record at this site,
with records extending back to 1892.

- Melbourne had a monthly average temperature of 74.1 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 3.7 degrees above normal. This ties as the 7th
warmest average temperature for April on record at this site, also
set during April of 1945, with records extending back to 1937.

- Vero Beach had a monthly average temperature of 75.3 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 4.4 degrees above normal. This ties as the 3rd
warmest average temperature for April on record at this site, also
set during April of 1991, with records extending back to 1942.

- Fort Pierce had a monthly average temperature of 75.0 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 3.9 degrees above normal. This ties as the 9th
warmest average temperature for April on record at this site, also
set during April of 1922, with records extending back to 1901.



...Rainfall...

A few fronts produced some showers and isolated storms across the
area into early April, but for the most part drier than normal
conditions prevailed during the first half of the month. This
combined with the extreme lack of rainfall in March, led to moderate
to severe drought conditions developing across east central Florida.
However, from mid-month onward, several bands of showers and strong
to at times severe thunderstorms crossed the area ahead of
approaching cold fronts. The most notable of these storm systems
moved through the region on the 20th, with straight line wind damage
occurring in DeLand and around Palm City and Stuart, as well as an
EF-0 tornado, with estimated winds of 60-65 mph, forming in the Lake
Jesup area, south of Sanford.

Rainfall totals for the month ranged from around 2 to 4 inches for
much of the area, with higher amounts up to 5 to 9 inches occurring
across portions of Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties. For
Stuart, which had 8.70 inches of rainfall, it was the 2nd wettest
April on record. Elsewhere across the region, this near to above
normal rainfall didn`t rank within the top ten wettest for the
month, but was sufficient to help improve drought conditions into
the end of April.


Daily Record Rainfall for the Month:

Melbourne:
-April 24th: Record daily rainfall of 1.74 inches. Previous record
was 0.95 inches set in 1944.


April 2020 rainfall totals for the primary climate sites across
east central Florida are as follows (ranking provided if in the top
10):

- Daytona Beach received 3.32 inches of rain for the month, which
was 1.14 inches above normal.

- Leesburg received 2.92 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.41 inches above normal.

- Sanford received 1.88 inches of rain for the month, which was 0.57
inches below normal.

- Orlando received 2.20 inches of rain for the month, which was 0.48
inches below normal.

- Melbourne received 3.96 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.83 inches above normal.

- Vero Beach received 3.22 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.50 inches above normal.

- Fort Pierce received 3.34 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.68 inches above normal.


Cooperative Observer Station Rainfall Rankings (Note: These totals
for April end around 7 AM on the 30th):

- Stuart received 8.70 inches of rain for the month, which ranks as
the 2nd highest rainfall total for April on record at this site,
with records going back to 1935.


Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for
April 2020:

Station April 2020 Normal Departure Percent of
Rainfall Rainfall From Normal Normal

Daytona Beach 3.32" 2.18" +1.14" 152%
(DAB)
Orlando 2.20" 2.68" -0.48" 82%
(MCO)
Melbourne 3.96" 2.13" +1.83" 186%
(MLB)
Vero Beach 3.22" 2.72" +0.50" 118%
(VRB)
Leesburg 2.92" 2.51" +0.41" 116%
(LEE)
DeLand* 4.56" 2.66" +1.90" 171%
(DELF1)
Sanford 1.88" 2.45" -0.57" 77%
(SFB)
Titusville* 2.69" 2.77" -0.08" 97%
(TITF1)
Fort Pierce 3.34" 2.66" +0.68" 126%
(FPR)
Stuart* 8.70" 3.40" +5.30" 256%
(STRF1)

*Rainfall totals for the month end around 7 AM on the 30th.

For more local climate information, please visit our web page at
http://weather.gov/mlb and click on the "Climate" icon toward the
bottom of the page.

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 05/07/2020 10:45 AM
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I think the lack of rain really helped the mango production this year, we didn't have a "cold' winter but it was dry and stayed dry through April...trees have responded by actually doing well this year...just a guess
 05/10/2020 05:18 AM
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Yup. Mango like it dry while holding fruit. Many people make the mistake of watering them thru the winter. They like dormancy pre flower and during flowering. & while holding the fruit.

Currently looking like an all day rain event. Mother's day Sunday (may 10). Also, Wx forecast is saying more rain later on in the week.

May doesn't seem like it is going to be a typical dry May.
 05/27/2020 05:29 AM
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Flooding rain in May! I've had so much rain I stopped watching and counting. May is suppose to be the driest month of the year.

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On 2nd named storm of the season, and all before June. Bertha soaked us pretty good and looks to get us again this afternoon.


Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
350 AM EDT Wed May 27 2020

.DISCUSSION...
Today-Tonight...The surface trough that brought us heavy rain
earlier this week is now located just offshore of the northeast
Florida peninsula. This puts central Florida on the ascending side
of the trough as prevailing southwest flow continues to advect deep
moisture into the area. Scattered to numerous showers/storms will
develop this afternoon, with the highest coverage along the coast.
Rain chances around 40-50 percent across the far inland areas, and
50-60 percent from Orlando to Lake Okeechobee to the east coast.

Storms to first develop along the west coast breeze on the western
side of the peninsula, pushing east into our area this afternoon.
The east coast sea breeze should be pinned mostly along the coast.
This is where the main sea breeze collision will occur leading to
the development of numerous thunderstorms. The main threats with
these storms being deadly cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and
torrential downpours. There is a localized flooding threat in Martin
County due to heavy rain that recently fell there. Any heavy
rainfall could lead to minor flooding of roads, low-lying areas and
poor drainage spots.

Southwest flow favors hotter than expected temperatures in our area.
Highs this afternoon should reach the low 90s across east central
Florida. Would not be surprised to see a few spots reach the mid 90s
along the coast if the east coast sea breeze remains pinned. Showers
and storms linger into the evening hours before pushing offshore and
dissipating. A mostly dry and warm night ahead as overnight lows
slightly above normal in the low 70s.

Thursday-Friday...Thu...A cutoff Low over the ARKLATEX wl open
into a wave form and usher out toward the OH valley by Thu night.
Favorable moisture in excess of 1.6 inches. Light winds aloft will
lead to sct to nmrs slow moving showers and storms. Locally heavy
rainfall will remain a concern due to recent rains. A pattern
change Fri due to sfc ridge building in from the Wrn Atlc basin
and across the peninsula. Light steering winds should focus
inland for development of afternoon storms. Expect sct to
numerous slow moving storms once again Fri, with slightly higher
coverage inland due to expected boundary interactions during the
heat of the day.

Weekend...Upr troughing across the Appalachians and SE states will
amplify swd, leading to weakening high pressure locally. Westerly
winds aloft will favor the eastern side of the peninsula for
storm movement and development. Coverage of showers and storms wk
be slightly higher than normal due to less convective inhibition
overall with temperatures near seasonal normal. Rain chances 50 to
70 percent Sat will reduce a little to around 40-50 pct Sunday.

Extended...Into next week, GFS guid continues to indicate modest
onshore winds from the Atlc with a deepening Caribbean gyre
centered near the Yucatan. EC is not quite into the height fall
trend to the south, however a wetter pattern is shown south of
the area with a Iso-Sct showers in the form of diurnal increases
will be a daily local feature with limited temperature ranges due
to marine influence.

&&

.AVIATION...
Areas of low stratus and shallow ground fog will produce IFR/LIFR
conditions across portions of the area this morning before burning
off by late morning. Numerous showers and storms are expected to
develop mid to late afternoon with the highest coverage along the
coast. TEMPO groups likely to be added for 12Z TAF package at
coastal terminals. Storms push offshore and dissipate by this
evening with VFR conditions prevailing after.

&&

.MARINE...
Today-Tonight...Favorable boating conditions return to all local
waters today as seas diminish further. Southwest winds this morning
around 10 knots become south/southeast by this afternoon at 10-15
knots as the sea breeze develops. Seas around 3-4 feet. Numerous
thunderstorms will move offshore by mid to late afternoon with the
main threats being dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and
wind gusts up to 34 knots. Convection moves offshore and dissipates
by this evening, though some showers could linger offshore overnight.

Late Week/Weekend...High pressure wl begin to establish from the
Wrn Atlc basin toward the Gulf of Mex Thu-Fri. Marine conditions
should correspondingly improve, with seas diminishing to around 3
ft Thu. Seas thereafter wl average around 3-4 ft into the weekend
due to an expected swell component, with an light onshore wind,
increasing in the afternoons due to sea breeze development.

Extended...Light to gentle onshore winds early next week with seas
around 3 ft Mon, increasing to 4 to 6 ft Tue as onshore winds show
an increase in gradient.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DAB 89 72 90 73 / 60 40 50 20
MCO 91 73 93 73 / 50 20 60 30
MLB 90 73 88 74 / 60 40 50 20
VRB 90 74 88 73 / 60 40 50 20
LEE 90 74 93 74 / 40 10 70 30
SFB 91 73 93 74 / 60 30 60 30
ORL 91 74 94 74 / 50 20 70 30
FPR 91 72 88 72 / 60 40 50 20

&&

.MLB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
FL...None.
AM...None.
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holy rain...I've counted 7 consecutive hours of rain this morning.
 06/05/2020 05:29 AM
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
808 PM EDT Tue Jun 2 2020

...May 2020 was Wetter Than Normal with Average Temperatures Near to
Above Normal Across East Central Florida...

Mostly dry and cooler than normal conditions generally dominated
during the first half of May. However, from mid-month onward,
rainfall and temperatures increased as surges of tropical moisture
lifted northward into the area from areas of low pressure that
eventually became Tropical Storm Arthur and Bertha east to
northeast of Florida during this time frame. This helped kick off an
early start to the wet season across the region, with the wetter
pattern during the second half of the month producing rainfall
totals that were above to well above normal for May across the area.
The warmer and humid conditions largely offset any cooler weather
earlier in the month, with average temperatures for May ending up
near to slightly above normal.


...Temperatures...

A cooler period started off the month, with lows falling into the
50s to low 60s for the first few days of May. A brief warm-up then
occurred with Vero Beach breaking their record high on the 5th,
reaching 94 degrees that afternoon. A few additional cold fronts
then followed, which combined with brief increases in rainfall and
cloud cover helped keep daily average temperatures mostly near to
below normal for the next several days. On the 10th, record cool
highs were actually set at Melbourne and Vero Beach, as temperatures
didnt climb out of the mid 70s that day. Temperatures then remained
generally near to above normal into the latter half of the month as
more humid conditions settled into the region from tropical moisture
that was lifted northward from systems that eventually developed
into Tropical Cyclones Arthur and Bertha. Several record warm low
temperatures were either set or tied across the area from the 14th
onward, with lows in the 70s. On May 24th, Vero Beach broke and Fort
Pierce tied their warmest minimum temperature records for the month
of May, with lows of 79 and 78 degrees respectively.

Warmer than normal temperatures during the second half of the month
offset any cooler weather during the first half, with average
temperature departures for May 2020 ending up near to up to a degree
above normal. Leesburg was the only primary climate site to break
into the top ten rankings, with an average temperature that tied for
9th warmest for the month of May. Also of note, Melbournes average
temperature for May ended up 0.3 degrees below normal. While this is
still technically close to their normal value, this is the first
time since February 2016 that the monthly average temperature fell
below normal at Melbourne, breaking a very long stretch of 50
straight months!


Daily Record Temperatures for the Month:

Daytona Beach:
- No daily temperature records set.

Leesburg:
- May 24th: Tied record warm low of 75 degrees last set in 1978.
- May 25th: Record cool high of 78 degrees. Previous record was 80
degrees last set in 1968.

Sanford:
- May 16th: Tied record warm low of 72 degrees last set in 1995.
- May 18th: Tied record warm low of 73 degrees last set in 2003.
- May 24th: Tied record warm low of 73 degrees last set in 2017.
- May 25th: Record cool high of 80 degrees. Previous record was 81
degrees last set in 1968.

Orlando:
- May 16th: Tied record warm low of 73 degrees last set in 1995.
- May 24th: Tied record warm low of 75 degrees last set in 2015.

Melbourne:
- May 24th: Record warm low of 78 degrees. Previous record was 77
degrees last set in 2016.
- May 10th: Tied record cool high of 75 degrees last set in 1969.

Vero Beach:
- May 5th: Record high of 94 degrees. Previous record was 92 degrees
last set in 1947.
- May 10th: Record cool high of 77 degrees. Previous record was
78 degrees last set in 1984.
- May 20th: Tied record high of 93 degrees last set in 1981.
- May 24th: Record warm low of 79 degrees. Previous record was 78
degrees last set in 2015. This also tied the warmest minimum
temperature on record in May at this site, last set on May 27th,
1991.

Fort Pierce:
- May 14th: Tied record warm low of 75 degrees last set in 2014.
- May 24th: Tied record warm low of 78 degrees last set in 2015.
This also tied the warmest minimum temperature on record in May at
this site, last set on May 19th, 2017.


Average temperatures for May 2020 at the primary climates across
east central Florida are as follows (rankings provided if in the top
10):

- Daytona Beach had a monthly average temperature of 74.8 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.2 degrees below normal.

- Leesburg had a monthly average temperature of 78.7 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 1.4 degrees above normal. This ties as the 9th
warmest average temperature for May on record at this site, also set
during May of 1995, with records extending back to 1958.

- Sanford had a monthly average temperature of 77.8 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.6 degrees above normal.

- Orlando had a monthly average temperature of 78.0 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.7 degrees above normal.

- Melbourne had a monthly average temperature of 76.0 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.3 degrees below normal.

- Vero Beach had a monthly average temperature of 77.0 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.8 degrees above normal.

- Fort Pierce had a monthly average temperature of 76.9 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.8 degrees above normal.



...Rainfall...

Much of the first half of May was rather dry, with only a slight
increase in rainfall on the 10th from scattered showers and storms
that developed from a frontal boundary that moved into and stalled
across the area. Low pressure that lifted northeast off the
southeast coast of Florida toward mid-month, eventually developed
into Tropical Storm Arthur offshore of the Florida east coast late
on the 16th. This system transported deep tropical moisture
northward into the area that increased precipitation, and eventually
helped kick off an early start to the wet season on the 21st when
numerous strong to severe sea breeze generated storms developed over
east central Florida. Some of these storms produced large hail, with
a 3-inch diameter hailstone falling in Lake Mary. This tied for
largest hailstone to fall in east central Florida since storm
records began in 1950.

A tropical wave lifted northward and across the area from the 25th
through the 26th, and later developed into Tropical Storm Bertha off
the coast of South Carolina. This led to a very wet Memorial Day,
especially for areas southeast of the I-4 corridor. From the 24th
through early morning of the 26th, rainfall totals around 2 to 4
inches occurred across Brevard and Okeechobee counties and much of
the inland portions of the Treasure Coast. However, localized higher
amounts up to 10 to 14 inches fell across extreme southeast St.
Lucie County and along the coast of Martin County. High coverage of
showers and storms then persisted into the remainder of the month,
continuing the wetter than normal pattern.

The increase in rainfall during the second half of the month largely
made up monthly precipitation totals that were around 3 to 7 inches
across the area, with locally higher amounts up to 10 to 16 inches
along the Treasure Coast. These amounts were above to well above
normal for the month. Fort Pierce had their 7th highest rainfall
total for May on record with 9.08 inches, and Stuart for the second
month in the row had their second highest rainfall amount on record,
with a total of 14.33 inches.



Daily Record Rainfall for the Month:

Sanford:
- May 21st: Record daily rainfall of 1.62 inches. Previous record
was 1.13 inches set in 1966.

Vero Beach:
- May 25th: Record daily rainfall of 2.85 inches. Previous record
was 2.30 inches set in 1973.


May 2020 rainfall totals for the primary climate sites across
east central Florida are as follows (ranking provided if in the top
10):

- Daytona Beach received 3.52 inches of rain for the month, which
was 0.39 inches above normal.

- Leesburg received 2.72 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.19 inches below normal.

- Sanford received 4.36 inches of rain for the month, which was 1.19
inches above normal.

- Orlando received 3.85 inches of rain for the month, which was 0.40
inches above normal.

- Melbourne received 5.20 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.91 inches above normal.

- Vero Beach received 6.53 inches of rain for the month, which was
3.17 inches above normal.

- Fort Pierce received 9.08 inches of rain for the month, which was
5.25 inches above normal. This ranks as the 7th highest rainfall
total for May on record at this site, with records going back to
1901.


Cooperative Observer Station Rainfall Rankings (Note: These totals
for May end around 7 AM on the 31st):

- Stuart received 14.33 inches of rain for the month, which ranks as
the 2nd highest rainfall total for May on record at this site, with
records going back to 1935.


Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for
May 2020:

Station May 2020 Normal Departure Percent of
Rainfall Rainfall From Normal Normal

Daytona Beach 3.52" 3.13" +0.39" 112%
(DAB)
Orlando 3.85" 3.45" +0.40" 112%
(MCO)
Melbourne 5.20" 3.29" +1.91" 158%
(MLB)
Vero Beach 6.53" 3.36" +3.17" 194%
(VRB)
Leesburg 2.72" 2.91" -0.19" 93%
(LEE)
DeLand* 5.80" 3.62" +2.18" 160%
(DELF1)
Sanford 4.36" 3.17" +1.19" 138%
(SFB)
Titusville* 4.33" 3.05" +1.28" 142%
(TITF1)
Fort Pierce 9.08" 3.83" +5.25" 237%
(FPR)
Stuart* 14.33" 5.03" +9.30" 285%
(STRF1)

*Rainfall totals for the month end around 7 AM on the 31st.
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Plan B

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D*MN... some intense rain here tonight, just south of St. A beach.... river flowing down the street. I drug my dorian sandbags out. Prob had 2" in an hour
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Shouldn't have to worry about wildfires this summer, after what feels like 2 week straight of rain
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Probably should worry about swarms of mosquito now that it has dried out some and the sun is finally out. Make sure to dump any standing water out from around your yard. Don't give them a home to hatch their larvae.

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I know there has been a lot of rain around me but I've only gotten about half an inch the past two weeks.
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4.89 inches for the month so far at my place in the core 32951.
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Central Floridave

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Last couple days heavy rain all around my house...I got nada...rain buckets are bone dry.

Oh Rain Gawd.......

When you see 90 percent chance of rain, my little black hole is the 10 percent.
 06/24/2020 10:41 AM
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Central Floridave

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Yesterday's storm came right at me from the North, then just miraculously scooted around me. Checking the radar it was heavy rain. I'm like WHY?!?

I don't really need the rain all that much, nothing seems stressed out. The high humidity helps keep plants from drying out. But, i like to keep fresh rain on the jaboticaba. They can't dry out at all.

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July 4: 3.37 inches (at one point it was raining at a rate of 6.3 inches per hour!)
Today: .84 inches so far.
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Nice!
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