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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
530 PM EST MON MAR 05 2012

...FEBRUARY 2012 WAS WARM WITH CONTINUED BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL 
ACROSS MANY LOCATIONS IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...
       
FEBRUARY WAS QUITE WARM WITH MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES MORE THAN 
3.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL IN MANY AREAS...AND MORE THAN 4.5 DEGREES 
ABOVE NORMAL IN SPOTS. AFTER THE DRIEST JANUARY ON RECORD ACROSS 
MUCH OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...FEBRUARY RAINFALL AMOUNTS CONTINUED 
BELOW NORMAL AT MANY LOCATIONS. HOWEVER...RAIN IN A FEW SPOTS WAS 
ABOVE NORMAL...ESPECIALLY FROM NEAR ORLANDO TO SANFORD AND DELAND. 

SEVERAL COLD FRONTS MOVED THROUGH THE AREA DURING THE MONTH...BUT 
COOLING BEHIND THE FRONTS WAS LIMITED FOR THE MOST PART WITH WINDS 
QUICKLY TURNING ONSHORE BEHIND THE BOUNDARIES AND MODERATING THE
TEMPERATURES. PRECIPITATION WITH FRONTS WAS SOMEWHAT LIMITED WITH 
SOME OF THE HIGHER AMOUNTS OCCURRING LATE IN THE MONTH...ESPECIALLY 
ON THE 26TH-27TH AS THE REMAINS OF AN OLD FRONTAL BOUNDARY RETURNED 
AS AN INVERTED TROUGH WITH DEEPER MOISTURE POOLED IN ASSOCIATION 
WITH THE FEATURE. DAYTONA BEACH RECORDED OVER AN INCH OF RAINFALL  
THESE TWO DAYS...AND PERSISTENT STRATIFORM RAIN THAT OCCURRED FOR 
SEVERAL HOURS ON THE 26TH RESULTED IN THE FIRST EVER CANCELLATION 
OF THE DAYTONA 500. AFTER THE RAIN DIMINISHED...THE RACE WAS 
FINALLY HELD ON THE EVENING OF THE 27TH.

.TEMPERATURES...
MUCH OF THE MONTH HAD TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE NORMAL...WITH THE 
ONLY SIGNIFICANT COOL SPELL OCCURRING FROM AROUND THE 11TH THROUGH 
14TH AS AN ARCTIC AIR MASS BUILT SOUTH THROUGH THE CENTRAL U.S. 
BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT PASSED OVERNIGHT FROM THE 10TH TO 
THE 11TH. SOME FREEZING LOW TEMPERATURES OCCURRING THE MORNINGS OF 
THE 12TH AND 13TH. 

SOME RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

-A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 88 WAS TIED AT DAYTONA BEACH ON THE
24TH AND A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 30 WAS TIED ON THE 12TH.

-A RECORD COOL HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 53 WAS TIED AT MELBOURNE ON THE 
12TH.

-A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 89 OCCURRED AT VERO BEACH ON THE 24TH 
AND A RECORD HIGH OF 87 WAS TIED ON THE 19TH. A RECORD WARM LOW OF 
69 DEGREES WAS TIED ON FEBRUARY 4TH AT VERO BEACH.


THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR FEBRUARY 2012 AT THE FOUR MAIN 
CLIMATE SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS 
PROVIDED IF IN THE TOP 10):

-DAYTONA BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 65.1 DEGREES 
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 4.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND RANKED AS
THE 10TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 67.0 DEGREES 
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 4.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. 

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 67.2 DEGREES 
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. 

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 68.2 DEGREES 
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND RANKED AS
THE 7TH WARMEST ON RECORD. 


.RAINFALL...
THE WINTER MONTHS DURING LA NINA PERIODS (CHARACTERIZED BY COOLER 
SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES IN THE TROPICAL PACIFIC) ARE TYPICALLY 
DRIER THAN NORMAL ACROSS FLORIDA. LA NINA CONDITIONS IN THE PACIFIC 
USUALLY LEAD TO A FARTHER NORTHWARD SHIFT OF THE JET STREAM AWAY 
FROM FLORIDA DURING THIS TIMEFRAME. THIS IN TURN LEADS TO FEWER 
STORM SYSTEMS AND THEREFORE LESS PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE STATE. 

AT THE START OF FEBRUARY...MELBOURNE AND VERO BEACH WERE STILL 
ACCUMULATING SOME OF THE LONGEST STRETCHES WITHOUT MEASURABLE 
RAINFALL SINCE RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT. BOTH LOCATIONS ENDED UP 
RECORDING THE SECOND LONGEST STRETCH WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN...
WITH 41 DAYS WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAINFALL THROUGH FEBRUARY 6TH... 
AND 39 DAYS WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAINFALL AT VERO BEACH THROUGH 
FEBRUARY 4TH.
 

RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:

-ORLANDO SET A DAILY RECORD MAXIMUM RAINFALL ON FEBRUARY 22 WITH 
0.88 INCH.

TOP 5 LONGEST PERIODS WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAINFALL FOR MELBOURNE AND 
VERO BEACH (NUMBER OF DAYS AND LAST DATE WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN):

     MELBOURNE                       VERO BEACH
1. 46  01/03/1969               1. 41  05/24/1970
2. 41  02/06/2012               2. 39  02/04/2012
3. 38  12/10/1967, 03/13/1961   3. 32  02/04/2003, 01/29/1960
4. 37  05/12/1971               4. 31  12/09/1995   
5. 34  11/02/2010, 12/27/1961   5. 31  03/11/1951
                               

 
FEBRUARY 2012 RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE FOUR MAIN CLIMATE SITES ACROSS 
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS:

-DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED 1.73 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH 
WAS 1.05 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 3.14 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 
0.76 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. 

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 1.28 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH 
WAS 1.25 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 1.80 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH 
WAS 0.87 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    1.73"          2.78"        -1.05"          62% 
(DAB)
ORLANDO          3.14"          2.38"        +0.76"         132% 
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        1.28"          2.53"        -1.25"          51% 
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       1.80"          2.67"        -0.87"          67% 
(VRB)
CLERMONT         1.11"          2.61"        -1.50"          43% 
(CLRF1)
DELAND           4.29"          2.96"        +1.33"         145% 
(DELF1)
SANFORD          2.81"          2.86"        -0.05"          98% 
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       2.74"          2.83"        -0.09"          97% 
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      1.62"          3.09"        -1.47"          52% 
(FPCF1)
STUART           1.14"          3.34"        -2.20"          34% 
(STRF1)
OKEECHOBEE       1.15"          2.24"        -1.09           51% 
(OKIF1)

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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