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Downpours of 3.47 inches engulfed Orlando – unusual for winter

Downpours of 3.47 inches engulfed Orlando – unusual for winter

The National Weather Service said there was a 60 percent chance Orlando would get less than an inch of rain on Monday. But by the time the deluge dripped to an end, 3.47 inches had engulfed downtown. That didn't beat the day's record of 3.41 inches set in 1979 because the city's official rain gauge is at Orlando International Airport, where only 2.98 inches was recorded. But there's no denying that nearly 3½ inches of daily rain during the winter dry season is remarkable. It was comparable to the heaviest summer storms. In one hour alone, from about 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., nearly 2 inches fell. "A lot of [radar] echoes were moving over the same area, which we...

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