PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
309 PM EDT THU MAY 2 2013

...APRIL 2013 WAS WARMER THAN NORMAL WITH NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL...

THE COOLER PATTERN IN MARCH ENDED IN APRIL AS COLD FRONTS THAT
MOVED THROUGH THE REGION WERE MUCH WEAKER. HOWEVER UNLIKE MANY OF
THE FRONTAL PASSAGES EARLIER THIS YEAR...THERE WAS PLENTY OF
MOISTURE WITH THESE BOUNDARIES TO PRODUCE MORE WIDESPREAD RAINFALL.
THIS LED TO OVERALL WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES THIS MONTH WITH
NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

.TEMPERATURES...

AFTER A COOL END TO MARCH...TEMPERATURES QUICKLY ROSE TO ABOVE
NORMAL VALUES IN EARLY APRIL AND GENERALLY STAYED THAT WAY FOR MUCH
OF THE MONTH. A FEW WEAK COLD FRONTS MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA ON
THE 6TH, 13TH AND 20TH BUT THESE BOUNDARIES DID NOT PRODUCE ANY
SIGNIFICANTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL WEATHER. AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
DEPARTURES FOR APRIL WERE BETWEEN 2 TO 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WITH
MANY OF THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES RANKING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE TOP 10
WARMEST ON RECORD.

DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-APRIL 12: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 71 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1979.
-APRIL 19: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 72 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1972.

ORLANDO:
-APRIL 11: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 70 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1944.
-APRIL 12: RECORD WARM LOW OF 73 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 70
DEGREES SET IN 1999 AND 1944.
-APRIL 19: RECORD WARM LOW OF 71 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 70
DEGREES SET IN 2006, 1920 AND 1900.

MELBOURNE:
-APRIL 9: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 71 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2008.
-APRIL 11: RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 73
DEGREES SET IN 1947.
-APRIL 12: RECORD WARM LOW OF 75 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 71
DEGREES SET IN 1995 AND 1994.
-APRIL 28: RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 73
DEGREES SET IN 1994.

VERO BEACH:
-APRIL 11: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1995.
-APRIL 12: RECORD HIGH OF 93 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 91 SET IN
2011 AND 1965.
-APRIL 12: RECORD WARM LOW OF 75 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 73
DEGREES SET IN 1995, 1994, 1991 AND 1947.
-APRIL 19: RECORD WARM LOW OF 74 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 73
DEGREES SET IN 1998 AND 1990.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR APRIL 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 MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 71.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 74.2 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 1999 AS
THE 10TH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 74.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 2011, 2006
AND 1957 AS THE 6TH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 74.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
4TH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...

A WARM FRONT LIFTED NORTH OVER THE AREA EARLY IN THE MONTH...
INCREASING MOISTURE AND GENERATING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS
DURING THE 3RD AND 4TH OF APRIL. A WEAK COLD FRONT THEN PUSHED
THROUGH EARLY ON THE 6TH WITH GENERALLY DRY CONDITIONS PERSISTING
OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. AFTER ANOTHER WEAK FRONT MOVED THROUGH
ON THE 13TH IT LIFTED BACK NORTHWARD AS A WARM FRONT. ABUNDANT
MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY GENERATED NUMEROUS SLOW MOVING STRONG
STORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION ON THE 14TH.
MELBOURNE BROKE THEIR DAILY RAINFALL RECORD...RECEIVING 3.88 INCHES
OF RAINFALL. ALSO...A COUPLE EF-0 TORNADOES FORMED WITH SEVERE
STORMS MOVING THROUGH THE COCOA AND ROCKLEDGE/VIERA AREAS.
ADDITIONAL PERIODS OF INCREASED PRECIPITATION OCCURRED OVER THE
REGION WITH A FRONTAL BOUNDARY THAT MOVED INTO CENTRAL FLORIDA ON
THE 20TH AND ALSO WITH A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN INTO LATE
APRIL.

RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE MONTH RANGED FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES FOR MANY
AREA CLIMATE SITES OR ROUGHLY 1 TO 2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS
PRECIPITATION HELPED EASE ONGOING DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE
REGION.

DAILY RECORD RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-APRIL 29: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.30 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.75
INCHES SET IN 1972.

MELBOURNE:
-APRIL 14: RECORD RAINFALL OF 3.88 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.95
INCHES SET IN 1985.


APRIL 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 3.09 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.91 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 3.64 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 0.96
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 5.70 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
3.57 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 4TH WETTEST APRIL ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 3.38 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.66 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.


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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    3.09"          2.18"        +0.91"         142%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          3.64"          2.68"        +0.96"         136%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        5.70"          2.13"        +3.57"         268%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       3.38"          2.72"        +0.66"         124%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         2.43"          2.28"        +0.15"         107%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           4.54"          2.66"        +1.88"         171%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          3.99"          2.48"        +1.51"         161%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       4.59"          2.77"        +1.82"         166%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      4.91"          2.87"        +2.04"         171%
(FPCF1)
STUART           2.87"          3.40"        -0.53"          84%
(STRF1)


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THE CLIMATE SUBSECTION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

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