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NOUS42 KMLB 011305  
PNSMLB  
FLZ041-044>047-053-054-058-059-064-141-144-147-031200-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL  
905 AM EDT WED NOV 1 2017  
 
...ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL PERSISTED INTO OCTOBER 2017 ACROSS EAST  
CENTRAL FLORIDA...  
 
A WET PATTERN CONTINUED INTO OCTOBER, WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL  
THAT WAS EXTREME AT TIMES, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST. THIS LED TO  
ADDITIONAL FLOODING ISSUES THAT WERE MAGNIFIED BY ALREADY SOAKED  
GROUND CONDITIONS FOLLOWING A SEPTEMBER THAT WAS ONE OF THE WETTEST  
ON RECORD, DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA. THESE PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL  
PRODUCED TOTALS THAT WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE AREA,  
EXCEPT INLAND, NORTH OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, WHERE PRECIPITATION WAS  
CLOSER TO NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES REMAINED ABOVE NORMAL  
THROUGH MUCH OF OCTOBER UNTIL A COUPLE STRONGER COLD FRONTS MOVED  
THROUGH THE AREA LATE IN THE MONTH. DESPITE THIS SIGNIFICANT COOL  
DOWN TOWARD THE END OF OCTOBER, OVERALL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES STILL  
ENDED UP NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION.  
 
   
..TEMPERATURES
 
 
 
DESPITE A COUPLE WEAK FRONTS THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA DURING  
EARLY TO MID OCTOBER, TEMPERATURES GENERALLY REMAINED ABOVE NORMAL.  
HIGHS TYPICALLY RANGED IN THE MID TO UPPER 80S, OCCASIONALLY  
REACHING THE LOW 90S ACROSS THE INTERIOR. OVERNIGHT LOWS CONTINUED A  
TREND THIS YEAR OF BEING MUCH WARMER THAN NORMAL, WITH VALUES OFTEN  
IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S. THESE VALUES TIED OR BROKE NUMEROUS WARM  
MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT CLIMATE SITES ACROSS THE REGION (SEE  
FULL LIST BELOW).  
 
THE FIRST STRONG COLD FRONT OF THE SEASON MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL  
FLORIDA LATE ON THE 24TH. HIGHS THE FOLLOWING COUPLE DAYS DIDN'T  
RISE ABOVE THE LOW TO MID 70S, AND LOWS FELL INTO THE 50S AND 60S  
ACROSS MOST AREAS. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME TEMPERATURES FELL BELOW  
70 DEGREES FOR MANY LOCATIONS SINCE LATE MAY TO MID JUNE OF THIS  
YEAR. ALSO, THIS FRONT ENDED A RECORD STREAK OF DAYS AT MELBOURNE  
WHERE THE HIGH REACHED 80 DEGREES OR ABOVE, TOTALING 199 DAYS SINCE  
APRIL 9TH (PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 192 CONSECUTIVE DAYS, ENDING ON  
NOVEMBER 14TH IN 2015). AN EVEN STRONGER COLD FRONT FOLLOWED ON THE  
29TH, WITH LOWS DROPPING INTO THE 40S AND HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER  
60S ON THE 30TH. THESE COOLER TEMPERATURES TIED OR BROKE A FEW  
RECORD COOL HIGHS ACROSS THE AREA THAT DAY.  
 
IF NOT FOR THE SIGNIFICANT COOL DOWN AT THE END OF THE MONTH,  
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE POISED TO RANK THIS OCTOBER AS ONE  
OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD! HOWEVER, THE COLDER TEMPERATURES,  
ESPECIALLY BEHIND THE SECOND STRONGER FRONT, DROPPED AVERAGE  
TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH DRASTICALLY, WITH ONLY MELBOURNE AND  
SANFORD RANKING WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE TOP 10 WARMEST VALUES.  
 
DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:  
 
DAYTONA BEACH:  
- OCTOBER 3RD: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1995.  
- OCTOBER 7TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1973.  
- OCTOBER 9TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1995.  
- OCTOBER 10TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1934.  
- OCTOBER 13TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2008.  
- OCTOBER 14TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2012.  
- OCTOBER 21ST: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2005.  
 
SANFORD:  
- OCTOBER 3RD: RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 75  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 7TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 76  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2005.  
- OCTOBER 8TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 74  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2009.  
- OCTOBER 9TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 76  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2009.  
- OCTOBER 10TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2009.  
- OCTOBER 15TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
73 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2009.  
- OCTOBER 16TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
72 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2016.  
 
ORLANDO:  
- OCTOBER 7TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 76  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2016.  
- OCTOBER 8TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 75 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2013.  
- OCTOBER 9TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 75  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2009.  
- OCTOBER 10TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 75 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2005.  
- OCTOBER 30TH: TIED RECORD COOL HIGH OF 67 DEGREES, LAST SET IN  
1953.  
 
MELBOURNE:  
- OCTOBER 2ND: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 79 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2002.  
- OCTOBER 7TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 80 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 77  
DEGREES LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 9TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 79 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 10TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 80 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
79 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2014.  
- OCTOBER 11TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 79 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1990.  
- OCTOBER 12TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2009.  
- OCTOBER 15TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 80 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
78 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 19TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2016.  
- OCTOBER 20TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 79 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
77 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1979.  
- OCTOBER 21ST: RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 22ND: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 79 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2007.  
 
VERO BEACH:  
- OCTOBER 7TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1955.  
- OCTOBER 10TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 79 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2016.  
- OCTOBER 14TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 15TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 19TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 75 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2016.  
- OCTOBER 20TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1993.  
- OCTOBER 21ST: RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
76 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 22ND: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2007.  
- OCTOBER 30TH: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 67 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD  
WAS 69 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1953.  
 
FORT PIERCE:  
- OCTOBER 12TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1949.  
- OCTOBER 19TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1926.  
- OCTOBER 20TH: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1969.  
- OCTOBER 21ST: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 77 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1934.  
- OCTOBER 26TH: TIED RECORD LOW OF 49 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 2005.  
- OCTOBER 30TH: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 68 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS  
70 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2012.  
 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR OCTOBER 2017 AT THE SIX PRIMARY  
CLIMATE SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS  
PROVIDED IF IN THE TOP 10):  
 
- DAYTONA BEACH HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 75.6 DEGREES  
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- SANFORD HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 76.0 DEGREES  
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS TIED  
FOR THE 10TH WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER ON RECORD FOR  
THIS SITE, WITH RECORDS EXTENDING BACK TO 1948.  
 
- ORLANDO HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 75.5 DEGREES  
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- MELBOURNE HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 77.9 DEGREES  
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE  
6TH WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WITH  
RECORDS EXTENDING BACK TO 1937.  
 
- VERO BEACH HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 76.5 DEGREES  
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- FORT PIERCE HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 76.7 DEGREES  
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
   
..RAINFALL
 
 
 
OCTOBER 2017 STARTED OFF QUITE WET, ESPECIALLY FOR BREVARD COUNTY,  
WHEN PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN BANDS NORTH OF A STALLED FRONT MOVED  
ONSHORE ON THE 1ST, PRODUCING RAINFALL UP TO 4 TO 7 INCHES, WITH  
LOCALLY EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS UP TO 8 TO 10 INCHES IN SOME AREAS OF THE  
COUNTY. MELBOURNE BROKE THEIR RAINFALL RECORD THAT DAY, RECEIVING UP  
TO 5.23 INCHES. THIS HEAVY PRECIPITATION PRODUCED FLASH FLOODING,  
WITH SEVERAL ROADWAYS BECOMING IMPASSABLE AND WATER ENTERING SOME  
HOMES. CONTINUED ONSHORE FLOW AND DEEP MOISTURE IN PLACE PRODUCED  
HIGH RAINFALL COVERAGE, LOCALLY HEAVY IN SOME PLACES ALONG THE COAST  
AND INTO OKEECHOBEE COUNTY THROUGH THE 5TH.  
 
SEA BREEZE COLLISIONS LED TO HIGHER COVERAGE OF SHOWERS AND A FEW  
STORMS OVER INLAND AREAS DURING THE 6TH THROUGH 8TH OF THE MONTH.  
THEN A MORE PREDOMINANT HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE NORTH OF THE AREA  
MAINTAINED AN ONSHORE FLOW FOR MUCH OF MID OCTOBER, LEADING TO  
SCATTERED LIGHT TO MODERATE SHOWERS MOVING ONTO THE COAST AND INLAND  
THROUGH THIS PERIOD. AN ADDITIONAL LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT  
OCCURRED ALONG THE VOLUSIA COUNTY COAST FROM THE 17TH TO 18TH, AS A  
SURGE IN NORTHEAST FLOW BEHIND A WEAK FRONT PRODUCED PERSISTENT RAIN  
BANDS THAT GENERATED AMOUNTS UP TO 2 TO 4 INCHES.  
 
ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED WITH A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT  
MOVED THROUGH THE REGION LATE ON THE 24TH, AS WELL AS WITH POORLY  
ORGANIZED TROPICAL STORM PHILIPPE THAT MOVED ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA  
EARLY ON THE 29TH. GREATEST RAINFALL TOTALS ASSOCIATED WITH MOISTURE  
FROM PHILIPPE OCCURRED ACROSS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, THE TREASURE COAST  
AND EXTREME SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY, WHERE 2 TO 4 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION WERE COMMON. AS ANOTHER STRONG COLD FRONT THEN MOVED  
THROUGH THE REGION, SHIFTING PHILIPPE AWAY FROM THE AREA, MUCH DRIER  
AIR MOVED INTO CENTRAL FLORIDA KEEPING THE AREA RAIN-FREE FOR THE  
END OF THE MONTH.  
 
OVERALL, RAINFALL TOTALS FOR OCTOBER WERE HIGHEST ACROSS THE COASTAL  
COUNTIES AND OKEECHOBEE COUNTY WITH TOTALS RANGING BETWEEN 8 TO 15  
INCHES, OR ROUGHLY 4 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL! MOST NOTABLE WAS  
MELBOURNE AND STUART WHERE PRECIPITATION THIS OCTOBER RANKED WITHIN  
THEIR RESPECTIVE TOP 5 WETTEST. FARTHER INLAND FROM OSCEOLA COUNTY  
NORTHWARD THROUGH LAKE COUNTY, RAINFALL TOTALS WERE GENERALLY NEAR  
NORMAL RANGING FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES FOR THE MONTH.  
 
DAILY RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:  
 
MELBOURNE:  
- OCTOBER 1ST: RECORD DAILY RAINFALL OF 5.23 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD  
WAS 1.01 INCHES LAST SET IN 1966.  
 
OCTOBER 2017 RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE SIX PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES  
ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKING PROVIDED IF IN  
THE TOP 10):  
 
- DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED 7.79 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH  
WAS 3.58 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- SANFORD RECEIVED 4.26 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 0.59  
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- ORLANDO RECEIVED 3.59 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 0.28  
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- MELBOURNE RECEIVED 13.44 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS  
8.38 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND WETTEST OCTOBER ON  
RECORD, JUST SHY OF THE ALL-TIME RECORD OF 13.86 INCHES SET IN  
OCTOBER OF 1956. RECORDS FOR THIS SITE GO BACK TO 1937.  
 
- VERO BEACH RECEIVED 9.60 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS  
4.69 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
- FORT PIERCE RECEIVED 10.90 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS  
5.86 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:  
- STUART HAD 14.59 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH RANKS AS THE  
4TH WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD FOR 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 OCTOBER  
2017:  
 
STATION OCTOBER 2017 NORMAL DEPARTURE PERCENT OF  
RAINFALL RAINFALL FROM NORMAL NORMAL  
 
DAYTONA BEACH 7.79" 4.21" +3.58" 185%  
(DAB)  
ORLANDO 3.59" 3.31" +0.28" 108%  
(MCO)  
MELBOURNE 13.44" 5.06" +8.38" 266%  
(MLB)  
VERO BEACH 9.60" 4.91" +4.69" 196%  
(VRB)  
CLERMONT 1.93" 2.52" -0.59" 77%  
(CLRF1)  
LEESBURG 2.63" 3.10" -0.47" 85%  
(LEE)  
DELAND 5.02" 4.18" +0.84" 120%  
(DELF1)  
SANFORD 4.26" 3.67" +0.59" 116%  
(SFB)  
TITUSVILLE 7.48" 4.72" +2.76" 158%  
(TITF1)  
FORT PIERCE 10.90" 5.04" +5.86" 216%  
(FPR)  
STUART 14.59" 6.00" +8.59" 243%  
(STRF1)  
 
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