PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1115 AM EST THU JAN 2 2014

...2013 WAS WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL OVER EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA...

AFTER AN OVERALL WARM AND VERY DRY START TO THE YEAR...NEAR TO BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND WETTER CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT OVER THE AREA
INTO THE SPRING. AN ACTIVE START TO THE WET SEASON THAT CONTINUED
THROUGH MUCH OF THE SUMMER KEPT RAINFALL NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL
THROUGH JULY. THEN AN INACTIVE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON...
DECREASING COVERAGE OF AFTERNOON CONVECTION FOR THE REST OF THE WET
SEASON AND A GENERAL LACK OF RAINFALL WITH FRONTAL PASSAGES OVER
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA LED TO WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL FROM AUGUST
THROUGH THE REST OF THE YEAR. TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE SUMMER
THROUGH OCTOBER WERE GENERALLY NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL...WITH WELL
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FINISHING OUT THE END OF THE YEAR IN
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW...

JANUARY-FEBRUARY...
THE YEAR BEGAN ON THE WARM SIDE WITH COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES IN
JANUARY BEING FAIRLY WEAK. IN ADDITION A STRONG RIDGE THAT BUILT
OVER FLORIDA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH BLOCKED ANY FRONTS FROM
MOVING THROUGH THE STATE AND LED TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ACROSS THE REGION DURING THAT TIMEFRAME. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR
JANUARY WERE AROUND 6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKED THE CLIMATE
SITES OF DAYTONA BEACH, ORLANDO, MELBOURNE AND VERO BEACH IN THEIR
RESPECTIVE TOP 10 WARMEST ON RECORD. WARMER THAN NORMAL
CONDITIONS...WHILE NOT AS EXTREME...CONTINUED INTO FEBRUARY WITH
ONLY A FEW BRIEF PERIODS OF COLDER WEATHER OCCURRING BEHIND FRONTAL
PASSAGES.

THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE YEAR WERE ALSO QUITE DRY WITH THE BULK
OF THE RAINFALL OCCURRING WITH A STALLED FRONTAL BOUNDARY IN THE
FIRST HALF OF JANUARY AND WITH A COUPLE COLD FRONTS IN THE MIDDLE TO
LATTER PART OF FEBRUARY. HOWEVER THE PRECIPITATION FROM THESE
BOUNDARIES WAS MODEST WITH RAINFALL DEPARTURES IN EACH MONTH AROUND
1 TO 2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

MARCH-MAY...
TEMPERATURES CHANGED DRASTICALLY INTO MARCH WHEN A STRONG COLD FRONT
MOVED THROUGH THE AREA ON THE 1ST DAY OF THE MONTH AND USHERED IN
MUCH COLDER WEATHER.THE ONLY WIDESPREAD FREEZE TO OCCUR IN 2013
HAPPENED ON THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON THE 4TH BEHIND THIS BOUNDARY.
THE REST OF MARCH SAW A SERIES OF STRONG COLD FRONTS MOVE THROUGH
THE REGION. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THE
MONTH AND IN A RARE OCCURRENCE WERE COLDER THAN ANY OF THE PRECEDING
WINTER MONTHS...PREVIOUSLY  ONLY HAPPENING ON RECORD TWICE IN 1932
AND 1949. AFTER A COLD MARCH...TEMPERATURES QUICKLY WARMED IN APRIL
WITH MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES 2 TO 4 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THEN A CLOUDIER AND COOLER PATTERN SET UP IN MAY WITH
OVERALL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN THE FINAL MONTH OF THE
CLIMATOLOGICAL SPRING.

DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS CONTINUED INTO MARCH WITH RAINFALL
AMOUNTS ONLY AROUND 15 TO 35 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THIS LOWER RAINFALL
COMBINED WITH THE DRY CONDITIONS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY LED TO
MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA.
FORTUNATELY IN APRIL AND MAY PRECIPITATION GRADUALLY INCREASED
ACROSS THE AREA WITH BOTH MONTHS RECEIVING ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL
AMOUNTS. THIS HELPED EASED DROUGHT IMPACTS ACROSS THE REGION DURING
THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING.

JUNE-AUGUST...
FRONTAL PASSAGES GENERALLY ENDED IN JUNE AS THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE
OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC BECAME THE MORE DOMINANT SYNOPTIC FEATURE
ACROSS THE AREA...WHICH IS TYPICAL FOR THE SUMMER. TEMPERATURES FOR
MUCH OF THE MONTH WERE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL WITH AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FOR MOST CLIMATE SITES IN JUNE RANKING IN THEIR
RESPECTIVE TOP 10 WARMEST ON RECORD. GREATER CLOUD COVER FROM DAILY
AFTERNOON CONVECTION ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR MUCH OF JULY HELPED
KEEP TEMPERATURES NEAR TO SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL MID SEASON.
WARMER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS THEN RETURNED IN AUGUST DUE TO A
SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND STORMS AND THEREFORE
CLOUD COVER OVER EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL FROM TROPICAL STORM ANDREA EARLY IN JUNE
AND SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS OCCURRING ACROSS THE AREA ON AN
ALMOST DAILY BASIS THROUGH THE REST OF THE MONTH AND INTO JULY
PRODUCED NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS THE REGION. THIS ALSO
HELPED END ANY LINGERING RAINFALL DEFICITS AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS
THAT EXISTED DUE TO DRIER CONDITIONS EARLIER IN THE YEAR. HOWEVER
THIS MORE ACTIVE CONVECTIVE PATTERN WAS HALTED INTO AUGUST AS THE
MEAN AXIS OF THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE SHIFTED NORTH AND PRODUCED A MORE
EASTERLY FLOW. THIS CONCENTRATED CONVECTION TOWARD THE WESTERN HALF
OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER WITH WELL BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL OBSERVED ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA DURING
AUGUST.

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER...
A FEW FRONTS BEGAN TO MOVE THROUGH THE AREA AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER AND
OCTOBER BUT WERE RATHER WEAK. TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE FALL WERE
THEREFORE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. SEVERAL STRONGER COLD FRONTS DID
MANAGE TO MOVE THROUGH FLORIDA IN NOVEMBER BUT ANY COOLER AIRMASSES
THAT MOVED IN WERE QUICKLY MODIFIED BY ELEVATED ONSHORE FLOW THAT
DEVELOPED BEHIND EACH BOUNDARY. THIS PATTERN MOSTLY CONTINUED INTO
DECEMBER AND LED TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REGION
TO END OUT THE YEAR. IN FACT AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES AT DAYTONA
BEACH, ORLANDO, MELBOURNE AND VERO BEACH IN DECEMBER RANKED IN THE
TOP 5 WARMEST ON RECORD FOR EACH SITE.

DESPITE ENTERING THE PEAK OF THE HURRICANE SEASON IN SEPTEMBER THE
TREND OF A VERY SLOW YEAR FOR STORMS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC BASIN
CONTINUED INTO THE FALL.  =WITH NO TROPICAL CYCLONES IMPACTING THE
AREA AND A FAIRLY INACTIVE CONVECTIVE TREND TOWARD THE END OF THE
WET SEASON...RAINFALL CONTINUED TO BE WELL BELOW NORMAL INTO THE
FALL. NOTABLY OCTOBER WAS ONE OF THE DRIEST ON RECORD WITH ORLANDO,
MELBOURNE, AND VERO BEACH EITHER RANKING 2ND OR 3RD DRIEST SINCE
OBSERVATIONS BEGAN AT THESE SITES. THE COLD FRONTS THAT MOVED
THROUGH IN NOVEMBER HELPED PROVIDE FOCUS FOR A LITTLE MORE
PRECIPITATION OVER THE REGION. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE NORTH OF A
STALLED FRONT LATE IN THE MONTH WHERE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL AMOUNTS
BETWEEN 2 AND 6 INCHES FELL ALONG THE COAST SOUTH OF THE CAPE. SOME
ADDITIONAL LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED ALONG THE SPACE AND
TREASURE COASTS INTO DECEMBER BUT OVERALL DRIER THAN NORMAL
CONDITIONS WERE GENERALLY OBSERVED FOR THE LAST MONTH OF YEAR.

.END OF THE YEAR STATISTICS...

TEMPERATURES...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR 2013 AT THE FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE
SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS PROVIDED
IF IN THE TOP 10):

-DAYTONA BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 72.2
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS
AS THE 8TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 73.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 2011, 1998
AND 1921 AS THE 6TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 74.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 1975 AS
THE 4TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 73.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 1982 AND
1949 AS THE 9TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...

2013 RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS PROVIDED IF IN THE TOP 10):

-DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED 48.05 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS
1.57 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 42.71 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS 8.02
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 42.83 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS
9.17 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 44.80 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS
7.07 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.


BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR 2013:

STATION           2013          30 YEAR     DEPARTURE     PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL        NORMAL      FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH    48.05"         49.62"       -1.57"          97%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          42.71"         50.73"       -8.02"          84%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        42.83"         52.00"       -9.17"          82%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       44.80"         51.87"       -7.07"          86%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         47.75"         50.63"       -2.88"          94%
(CLRF1)
LEESBURG         39.91"         51.19"      -11.28"          78%
(KLEE)
DELAND           56.20"         58.04"       -1.84"          97%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          47.97"         53.04"       -5.07"          90%
(SFNF1)
FORT PIERCE      48.83"         53.84"       -5.01"          91%
(FPCF1)
STUART           52.69"         63.72"      -11.03"          83%
(STRF1)


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