PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1035 PM EST SUN DEC 1 2013

...FALL 2013 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

FRONTAL PASSAGES FOR MUCH OF THE SEASON WERE WEAK AND INFREQUENT
WITH STRONGER COLD FRONTS MOVING THROUGH THE AREA IN NOVEMBER.
HOWEVER COOLER AIRMASSES THAT BUILT IN BEHIND THESE BOUNDARIES WERE
SHORT LIVED. THE LATTER HALF OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
REMAINED FAIRLY QUIET WITH NO TROPICAL ACTIVITY IMPACTING THE
REGION. ANY SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL THAT DID OCCUR HAPPENED EITHER WITH
ISOLATED TO SCATTERED AFTERNOON CONVECTION EARLY IN THE SEASON OR
WITH A COUPLE FRONTS THAT STALLED OVER FLORIDA. THIS LED TO OVERALL
WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS OVER EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
THIS FALL.

.TEMPERATURES...

A FEW FRONTAL BOUNDARIES MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL FLORIDA DURING
SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER...BUT MOST OF THEM WERE FAIRLY WEAK WITH
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY REMAINING NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. COLD FRONTAL
PASSAGES IN EARLY TO MID NOVEMBER ONLY MANAGED TO COOL TEMPERATURES
DOWN TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL VALUES FOR A DAY OR TWO. THEN BREEZY
ONSHORE WINDS WOULD QUICKLY DEVELOP BEHIND THE FRONT...WARMING THE
AIRMASS. THE STRONGEST COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE REGION LATE IN
NOVEMBER ON THE 27TH WITH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES DROPPING BELOW 50
DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LATE LAST MARCH.

THESE SHORTER PERIODS OF COOLER THAN NORMAL WEATHER LED TO OVERALL
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE FALL THAT WERE ABOVE NORMAL.


AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR FALL 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 SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 74.8 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 76.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 1911 AND
1978 FOR THE 6TH WARMEST FALL ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 77.2 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 1998 AS
THE 4TH WARMEST FALL ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 76.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

.RAINFALL...

SEA BREEZE GENERATED SHOWERS AND STORMS DURING AFTERNOONS IN
SEPTEMBER REMAINED ISOLATED TO SCATTERED AT BEST. THE ONLY
WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT OCCURRED WITH A FRONT THAT STALLED
OVER THE REGION DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH AND PRODUCED
PRECIPITATION OF 1 TO 2 INCHES AT MANY LOCATIONS. OCTOBER ENDED UP
BEING QUITE DRY DUE TO A LACK OF FRONTS AND AN EARLIER START TO THE
DRY SEASON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOR MANY OBSERVING SITES WERE LESS THAN
50 PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. THE COLD FRONTS THAT MOVED
THROUGH IN NOVEMBER HELPED PRODUCED A LITTLE MORE PRECIPITATION OVER
THE REGION...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS UP TO 2
TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER TOTALS OF 5 TO 6 INCHES OCCURRED
SOUTH OF THE CAPE FROM THE 20TH-21ST DUE TO A STALLED FRONT OVER
SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA.

DESPITE THE INCREASE IN RAINFALL ACROSS SOME AREAS LATE IN THE
SEASON, RAINFALL DEPARTURES FOR MUCH OF THE AREA THIS FALL WERE UP
TO 2 TO 6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

FALL 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 11.14 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH
WAS 2.72 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 6.85 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS 4.69
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 9.49 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
6.09 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 14.53 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
0.45 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.


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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    11.14"         13.86"       -2.72"          80%
(DAB)
ORLANDO           6.85"         11.54"       -4.69"          59%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE         9.49"         15.58"       -6.09"          61%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       14.53"         14.98"       -0.45"          97%
(VRB)
CLERMONT          9.63"          9.75"       -0.12"          99%
(CLRF1)
LEESBURG          5.48"         11.13"       -5.65"          49%
(KLEE)
SANFORD           8.43"         11.95"       -3.52"          71%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE        6.79"         14.73"       -7.94"          46%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      13.98"         15.44"       -1.46"          91%
(KFPR)
FORT PIERCE       8.56"         16.69"       -8.13"          51%
(FPCF1)
STUART           12.86"         19.05"       -6.19"          68%
(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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WEITLICH

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