PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
207 PM EST WED JAN 2 2013

...DECEMBER 2012 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

A NUMBER OF FRONTS MOVED THROUGH EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA DURING
DECEMBER BUT MANY OF THEM WERE WEAK AND PRODUCED LITTLE RAINFALL
OVER THE AREA. MOST SITES OBSERVED BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL FOR
DECEMBER. ALSO DUE TO THE WEAK AND SHORT-LIVED COLD
FRONTS...TEMPERATURES FOR DECEMBER WERE ABOVE NORMAL.

.TEMPERATURES...
UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF EASTERLY AND SOUTHERLY FLOW...TEMPERATURES
ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA WERE ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE FIRST HALF OF
DECEMBER. DURING THAT TIME THERE WERE A COUPLE OF WEAK FRONTAL
PASSAGES BUT WINDS QUICKLY SHIFTED BACK TO THE EAST AND SO THEY HAD
LITTLE IMPACT ON TEMPERATURES. THERE WAS FINALLY SOME RELIEF TOWARDS
THE END OF THE MONTH WITH STRONGER COLD FRONTS PASSING THROUGH THE
AREA ON DECEMBER 20TH...26TH...AND 30TH.  DESPITE UNUSUALLY COLD
TEMPERATURES AFTER THOSE FRONTAL PASSAGES...SITES ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA EXPERIENCED AVERAGE TEMPERATURES 2 TO 3 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-DECEMBER 17TH: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 82 DEGREES TIED THE
PREVIOUS RECORD SET IN 1971.

MELBOURNE:
-DECEMBER 10TH: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 84 DEGREES TIED THE
PREVIOUS RECORD SET IN 1994.

VERO BEACH:
-DECEMBER 10TH: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 86 DEGREES BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 85 DEGREES SET IN 2009 AND 1978.

-DECEMBER 11TH: A RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE OF 72 DEGREES TIED THE
PREVIOUS RECORD SET IN 2000 AND 1986.

-DECEMBER 29TH: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 DEGREES BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 84 DEGREES SET IN 1983.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR DECEMBER 2012 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 62.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 65.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 65.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 66.6 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.


.RAINFALL...
WEAK FRONTAL PASSAGES PRODUCED LITTLE RAINFALL OVER EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA DURING DECEMBER AND MOST SITES WERE BELOW NORMAL FOR THE
MONTH. THE EXCEPTIONS WERE SITES ALONG THE TREASURE COAST WHICH HAD
THE BENEFIT OF SOME COASTAL SHOWERS WHICH HELPED TO BRING RAINFALL
TO ABOVE NORMAL. A COLD FRONT WHICH PASSED THROUGH THE AREA ON
DECEMBER 10TH PRODUCED SOME SEVERE WEATHER INCLUDING AN EF-1 TORNADO
WITH ESTIMATED WINDS OF 90-110 MPH IN THE TOWN OF EDGEWATER IN
VOLUSIA COUNTY. THIS WAS THE FIRST EF-1 OR GREATER TORNADO IN THE
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA SINCE AUGUST 2008.


RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:

MELBOURNE:
-DECEMBER 12TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.91" BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD
FOR THE DAY OF 0.77" SET IN 1983.

DECEMBER 2012 RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE FOUR MAIN CLIMATE SITES ACROSS
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS PROVIDED IF IN THE TOP
10):

-DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED 1.99 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.64 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 1.28 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 1.30
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 2.14 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.43 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 3.51 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
1.32 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR NOVEMBER
2012:

STATION       DECEMBER 2012    30 YEAR      DEPARTURE    PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL       NORMAL      FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH    1.99"          2.63"        -0.64"          76%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          1.28"          2.58"        -1.30"          50%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        2.14"          2.57"        -0.43"          83%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       3.51"          2.19"        +1.32"         160%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         2.40"          2.89"        -0.49"          83%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           3.32"          2.82"        +0.50"         118%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          1.51"          2.58"        -1.07"          59%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       2.31"          2.56"        -0.25"          90%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      2.38"          2.13"        +0.25"         112%
(FPCF1)
STUART           4.01"          2.90"        +1.11"         138%
(STRF1)


FOR MORE LOCAL INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PAGE AT
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/MELBOURNE AND CLICK ON THE "LOCAL" LINK UNDER
THE CLIMATE SUBSECTION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

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BOWEN/WEITLICH


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