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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
729 AM EST WED JAN 1 2014

...DECEMBER 2013 WAS MUCH WARMER THAN NORMAL FOR EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA AND DRIER THAN NORMAL AT MOST LOCATIONS...

DECEMBER SAW FEWER COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES THAN NORMAL ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA.  AND LIKE NOVEMBER, THEIR COOLING EFFECTS WERE
LIMITED BY QUICK RETURNS TO WARMER ONSHORE FLOW. THIS LED TO MUCH
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REGION, BUT RAINFALL WAS BELOW
NORMAL AT MOST LOCATIONS.


.TEMPERATURES...

THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF DECEMBER SAW NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES BEHIND A
WEAK COLD FRONT.  A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE THEN SET UP OVER THE
ATLANTIC AND PROVIDED A WARM SOUTHERLY WIND FLOW. THIS CAUSED
TEMPERATURES TO BE MUCH ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE 11TH.  A DRY COLD
FRONT ON THE 12TH AND ANOTHER FRONT ON THE 15TH KNOCKED TEMPERATURES
BACK DOWN CLOSER TO NORMAL OR A LITTLE BELOW FOR A FEW DAYS.  THEN
TEMPERATURES ONCE AGAIN QUICKLY MODIFIED AND SEVERAL RECORD HIGHS
OCCURRED FROM THE 21ST THROUGH THE 23RD. A COLD FRONT ON CHRISTMAS
EVE PUT AN END TO THE RECORD HEAT, THOUGH TEMPERATURES REMAINED AT
OR A LITTLE ABOVE NORMAL. ANOTHER WARMUP QUICKLY FOLLOWED UNTIL A
COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE LATE ON THE 29TH AND EARLY ON THE 30TH,
RETURNING TEMPERATURES CLOSER TO NORMAL.

OVERALL, MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE MUCH WARMER THAN
NORMAL, RANGING FROM 5 TO 6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT SITES ACROSS
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. IT WAS THE SECOND TO FOURTH WARMEST DECEMBER AT
THE FOUR MAIN CLIMATE SITES.


DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-DECEMBER 5:  RECORD HIGH OF 83 DEGREES WAS EQUALED. PREVIOUSLY 83
DEGREES WAS REACHED IN 1984.
-DECEMBER 22: RECORD HIGH OF 85 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 83 SET
IN 1948.
-DECEMBER 23: RECORD WARM LOW OF 68 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 67
SET IN 1971.
-DECEMBER 23: RECORD HIGH OF 85 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 84 SET
IN 1990.

ORLANDO:
-DECEMBER 21: RECORD HIGH OF 87 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 85 SET
IN 1951 AND 1928.
-DECEMBER 22: RECORD HIGH OF 86 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 84 SET
IN 1998 AND 1990.
-DECEMBER 23: RECORD HIGH OF 86 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 85 SET
IN 2011.

MELBOURNE:
-DECEMBER 10: RECORD HIGH OF 85 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 84 SET
IN 2012, 1994, 1967, AND 1947.
-DECEMBER 22: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES WAS EQUALED. PREVIOUSLY 84
DEGREES WAS REACHED IN 1967.
-DECEMBER 23: RECORD HIGH OF 86 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 84 SET
IN 1981.

VERO BEACH:
-DECEMBER 22: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES WAS EQUALED. PREVIOUSLY 84
DEGREES WAS REACHED IN 1987 AND 1971.
-DECEMBER 23: RECORD WARM LOW OF 69 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 68
SET IN 2006.
-DECEMBER 23: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES WAS EQUALED. PREVIOUSLY 84
DEGREES WAS REACHED IN 1990.


AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR DECEMBER 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 66.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MAKES DECEMBER
2013 THE 3RD WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WAS
IN 1931, 70.9 DEGREES.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 68.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MAKES DECEMBER
2013 THE 3RD WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WAS
IN 1971, 71.3 DEGREES.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 68.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MAKES DECEMBER
2013 THE 4TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WAS
IN 1971, 70.4 DEGREES.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 69.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MAKES DECEMBER
2013 THE 2ND WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD WAS
IN 1971, 71.4 DEGREES.


.RAINFALL...

DESPITE AIR MASSES THAT WERE FREQUENTLY WARMER AND MORE MOIST THAN
NORMAL, RAINFALL ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA WAS BELOW NORMAL AT
MOST LOCATIONS.  THE EXCEPTION WAS THE TREASURE COAST WHERE THERE
WERE A FEW MORE DAYS WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE AMOUNTS AND ONE DAY WITH
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

A COASTAL TROUGH BROUGHT SHOWERS, SOME WITH HEAVY RAIN, TO THE
SPACE AND TREASURE COAST ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH. THEN ASIDE
FROM A FEW ONSHORE MOVING SHOWERS ALONG THE SPACE AND TREASURE
COASTS, IT WAS DRY UNTIL A COLD FRONT ON THE 14TH AND 15TH BROUGHT
RAINFALL TO MOST OF THE AREA, BUT TOTALS WERE GENERALLY LOW.
ANOTHER FRONT BROUGHT RAINFALL ON THE 29TH BUT MOST AMOUNTS WERE
AGAIN LOW.


DAILY RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:

VERO BEACH
-DECEMBER 1: RECORD DAILY RAINFALL OF 1.33 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD
WAS 0.97 INCHES IN 1984.


DECEMBER 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 1.69 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.94 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 0.27 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 2.31
INCHES BELOW NORMAL, MAKING IT THE 6TH DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 2.15 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.42 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 2.59 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.40 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.


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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    1.69"          2.63"        -0.94"          64%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          0.27"          2.58"        -2.31"          10%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        2.15"          2.57"        -0.42"          84%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       2.59"          2.19"        +0.40"         118%
(VRB)
LEESBURG         0.59"          2.52         -1.93           23%
(LEE)
CLERMONT         0.50"          2.89"        -2.39"          17%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           1.65           2.82         -1.17           59%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          0.82"          2.59"        -1.76"          32%
(SFNF1)
FORT PIERCE      2.65"          2.11"        +0.54"         126%
(KFPR)
FORT PIERCE      3.23"          2.13"        +1.10"         152%
(FPCF1)
STUART           3.23"          2.90"        +0.33"         111%
(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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