PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
517 PM EST SAT MAR 1 2014

...FEBRUARY 2014 WAS WARMER THAN NORMAL...

THE MOODY NATURE OF WINTER 2013-2014 CONTINUED INTO ITS LAST MONTH
OF FEBRUARY. AFTER A WARM AND DRY DECEMBER AND A COOL AND WET
JANUARY, FEBRUARY WAS WARMER THAN NORMAL ACROSS EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA. RAINFALL VARIED BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH WITH AREAS FROM
SANFORD AND TITUSVILLE NORTH SEEING NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL ON
THE MONTH AND AREAS FROM ORLANDO AND MELBOURNE SOUTH EXPERIENCING
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL. ALMOST ALL OF FEBRUARY'S RAINFALL WAS DUE TO
FRONTAL PASSAGES OR LINGERING FRONTS. HOWEVER THERE WERE NO STRONG
COLD FRONTS DURING FEBRUARY AND WINDS REMAINED SOUTHERLY OR
NORTHEASTERLY FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH, WHICH PREVENTED SIGNIFICANTLY
COLD WEATHER LIKE EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA EXPERIENCED IN JANUARY.

.TEMPERATURES...
FEBRUARY STARTED OFF VERY WARM WITH DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES 10-15
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE FIRST 5 DAYS OF THE MONTH. THE FIRST
COLD FRONT FINALLY MADE ITS WAY THROUGH EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA LATE ON
THE 5TH AND COOLED TEMPERATURES A BIT, RANGING FROM SLIGHTLY BELOW
NORMAL AT DAYTONA BEACH AND ORLANDO TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL AT
MELBOURNE AND VERO BEACH FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS. IT WASN'T UNTIL A
COLD FRONT CAME THROUGH ON THE 12TH THAT THE ENTIRETY OF EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA SAW BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES, STARTING THE NEXT DAY
ON THE 13TH. ANOTHER COLD FRONT PASSAGE ON THE 15TH HELPED TO KEEP
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE 17TH. A WARMING TREND
BEGAN ON THE 18TH DUE TO SUNNY SKIES ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH PRESSURE.
THE NEXT COLD FRONT, ON THE 22ND, WEAKENED OVER THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE
AREA AND HUNG AROUND FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BRINGING CLOUDS BUT ALSO
WARM TEMPERATURES. A FINAL SHOT OF COOLER AIR CAME AFTER A COLD
FRONT MOVED THROUGH LATE ON THE 26TH AND AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ON THE
27TH AND 28TH WERE ABOUT 5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL, MOSTLY DUE TO
COLDER OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE 40S AND 50S.

AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES ENDED UP AROUND 2 TO 4 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL.

DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-FEBRUARY 5: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 86 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1989.
-FEBRUARY 5: RECORD WARM LOW OF 67 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
65 DEGREES, SET IN 1956.

ORLANDO:
-FEBRUARY 3: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 86 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1894.
-FEBRUARY 4: RECORD HIGH OF 87 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 86
DEGREES,  SET IN 1990 AND 1957.

MELBOURNE:
-FEBRUARY 4: RECORD WARM LOW OF 70 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
68 DEGREES, SET IN 1956.

VERO BEACH:
-FEBRUARY 1: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 83
DEGREES, SET IN 1990.
-FEBRUARY 3: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 83 DEGREES, LAST SET IN 1990.
-FEBRUARY 5: RECORD HIGH OF 87 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 86
DEGREES, SET IN 1986.
-FEBRUARY 21: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 87 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1989.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR FEBRUARY 2014 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 62.6 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 65.8 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 66.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 4.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 68.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 4.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS IS THE 8TH
WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...
RAINFALL DURING FEBRUARY WAS VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON LOCATION. DUE TO
THE PASSAGE OF NUMEROUS FRONTS AND ASSOCIATED RAINFALL DURING THE
MONTH, LOCALES NORTH OF ORLANDO SAW ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL. HOWEVER,
THE FRONTS WEAKENED AS THEY MOVED SOUTH DOWN THE PENINSULA AND THE
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH THEM OFTEN DISSIPATED,
LEAVING AREAS FROM ORLANDO AND MELBOURNE SOUTH THROUGH THE TREASURE
COAST BELOW NORMAL FOR RAINFALL DURING FEBRUARY. ANOTHER REASON FOR
THE BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE SPACE AND TREASURE COASTS WAS A
LACK OF COASTAL SHOWERS. SOME MONTHS THERE IS STRONG EASTERLY FLOW
THROUGH A DEEP LAYER OF THE ATMOSPHERE WHICH BRINGS IN WARM, MOIST
AIR OFF OF THE ATLANTIC AND HELPS TO SPARK SHOWERS ALONG THE COAST,
PRODUCING SOMETIMES IMPRESSIVE RAINFALL TOTALS. HOWEVER, FEBRUARY
NEVER SAW THE RIGHT SETUP FOR THIS PHENOMENON.

THERE WERE NO DAILY RECORD RAINFALL AMOUNTS DURING THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY AT ANY OF THE FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES.

FEBRUARY 2014 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 3.81 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
1.03 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 2.12 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 0.26
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

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

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 2.06 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.61 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR FEBRUARY
2014:

STATION       FEBRUARY 2014    30 YEAR      DEPARTURE    PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL        NORMAL     FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH    3.81"          2.78"        +1.03"         137%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          2.12"          2.38"        -0.26"          89%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        1.28"          2.53"        -1.25"          51%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       2.06"          2.67"        -0.61"          77%
(VRB)
LEESBURG         3.34"          2.88"        +0.46"         116%
(LEE)
CLERMONT         3.80"          2.61"        +1.19"         146%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           4.15"          2.96"        +1.19"         140%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          2.99"          2.86"        +0.13"         105%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       4.28"          2.83"        +1.45"         151%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      2.74"          3.09"        -0.35"          89%
(FPCF1)
STUART           2.53"          3.34"        -0.81"          76%
(STRF1)


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THE CLIMATE SUBSECTION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

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