Weather By The Numbers – Irma’s Top 5s

| September 12, 2017 @ 8:57 am

While Irma has greatly faded from her strongest numbers, her wrath will be felt for a while as clean-up starts in the southeast. Irma has now lost her tropical characteristics, and will continue to weaken throughout the day today. Here are a few numbers of interest for this historic storm (from NWS)…

Top 5 Rainfall Totals (in inches)
15.91 – Ft. Pierce St. Lucie International Airport
14.76 – Oviedo, FL
13.83 – Chekika, FL
13.63 – 7 miles WNW of Inlikita, FL
12.22 – 2.4 miles NW of Gainesville, FL

Top 5 Rainfall Totals In Alabama (in inches)
3.60 – Albertville
3.57 – Guntersville
3.25 – Eufaula Municipal Airport
3.22 – Douglas
3.20 – Talladega

Top 5 Peak Wind Gusts (in MPH)
142 – Naples, FL
130 – Marco Island, FL
122 – Lely, FL
120 – Big Pine Key, FL
112 – Quail Creek Estates, FL

Other numbers of interest…

10.12 – Highest rainfall total in inches recorded outside of Florida (St. Mary’s River near Kingsland, GA) as of 4:00 AM CDT Tuesday morning.

76 – Strongest wind gust in MPH recorded outside of Florida (Parris Island, SC).

45 – Strongest wind gust in MPH recorded in Alabama (Troy Municipal Airport).

109 – Only other peak wind gust in MPH that was recorded over 100 MPH (North Perry Airport, FL)

73,000 – Number of employees that Walt Disney World employs, which is back open today at near full operation. Only the water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – remain closed, with plans to reopen later this week. Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris will delay opening today until 1:00 PM EDT as storm cleanup continues.

2.18 – Rainfall total in inches in my rain gauge (not from NWS) as of 9:00 AM CDT Tuesday morning (Warrior, AL).

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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