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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1153 PM EST TUE FEB 2 2010

...JANUARY 2010 WAS ONE OF THE COLDEST MONTHS ON RECORD FOR EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA...

JANUARY 2010 WILL BE WELL REMEMBERED FOR HAVING ONE OF THE LONGEST
STRETCHES OF COLDER WEATHER EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA HAS EXPERIENCED ON
RECORD. SEVERAL STRONG FRONTS PUSHED ACROSS THE STATE BRINGING
REINFORCING COLD AIR...FREEZING TEMPERATURES...AND A RARE WINTRY MIX
OF PRECIPITATION DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH AND STRONG TO
SEVERE STORMS TOWARDS THE END.

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS THE REGION
WHICH USHERED IN WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA. THIS COLD AIR REMAINED IN PLACE THROUGH THE 13TH OF JANUARY
DUE TO REINFORCING COLD FRONTS THAT PUSHED THROUGH THE AREA ON THE
5TH...8TH...AND 12TH. AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES AT MOST SITES
FROM THE 2ND THROUGH THE 13TH WERE AROUND 16 TO 17 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. SEVERAL NIGHTS OF AT OR BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES WERE
OBSERVED ALONG THE FLORIDA PENINSULA WITH NUMEROUS RECORD LOW
TEMPERATURES BROKEN. EVEN SEVERAL RECORD LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE
RECORDS WERE SHATTERED AS DAYTIME HIGHS FOR MANY LOCATIONS REMAINED
AT OR BELOW 60 DEGREES FOR MUCH IF NOT ALL OF THE COLD PERIOD.

TO PUT THE LENGTH OF THIS COLD SPELL IN PERSPECTIVE...DAYTONA
BEACH...ORLANDO...MELBOURNE...AND VERO BEACH BROKE OR TIED THE
GREATEST NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REMAINED AT
OR BELOW 60 DEGREES. ALSO VERO BEACH BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE
LONGEST NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS FOR THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE TO
FALL AT OR BELOW FREEZING.

CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN A ROW WHEN MAX TEMPERATURE WAS LESS THAN OR
EQUAL TO 60 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT:

SITE                 DAYS (JAN 2010)      RECORD (MONTH/YEAR)

DAYTONA BEACH              12                 8 (DEC/1995)
ORLANDO                    11                 8 (DEC/1995)
MELBOURNE                   6                 6 (JAN/1977)
VERO BEACH                  6                 6 (JAN/1977)

CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN A ROW WHEN MIN TEMPERATURE WAS LESS THAN OR
EQUAL TO 32 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT:

SITE                 DAYS (JAN 2010)      RECORD (MONTH/YEAR)

DAYTONA BEACH               5                 6 (DEC/1962)
ORLANDO                     4                 6 (JAN/1977)
MELBOURNE                   4                 5 (JAN/1977)
VERO BEACH                  8                 4 (JAN/1981)

MORE SEASONABLE TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES RETURNED FOR
THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER THE SHEAR MAGNITUDE AND
DURATION OF THE COLD SPELL LED TO AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES
THAT WERE SEVERAL DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. VERO BEACH HAD ONE OF THE
LARGER AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES FOR THE MONTH OF -6.7
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT WHICH WAS ITS 4TH COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD.
ORLANDO HAD ITS 5TH COLDEST AND MELBOURNE HAD ITS 4TH COLDEST
JANUARY ON RECORD WITH DEPARTURES OF -6.5 AND -5.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT RESPECTIVELY. DAYTONA BEACH ENDED UP WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE OF -5.1 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT WHICH RANKED AS ITS
7TH COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

MANY OF THE COLD FRONTS THAT CROSSED THE REGION DURING JANUARY 2010
BROUGHT BANDS OF SHOWERS WITH A FEW STORMS INTO CENTRAL FLORIDA. A
COMBINATION OF NEAR FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND OVERRUNNING MOISTURE
ALSO LEAD TO A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION DURING THE PREDAWN TO MID
AFTERNOON HOURS ON THE 9TH MAINLY IN THE FORM OF SLEET WITH A FEW
REPORTS OF FREEZING RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW. SEVERAL REPORTS OF THIS
MIXED PRECIPITATION (ONLY TRACE AMOUNTS) CAME IN FROM ACROSS THE
AREA FROM OVER LAKE AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES TO AS FAR SOUTH AS
KISSIMMEE...PALM BAY...AND VERO BEACH. THE LAST TIME WINTER TYPE
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA WAS IN 2008 WHEN SNOW
FLURRIES WERE REPORTED IN VOLUSIA AND BREVARD COUNTIES ON JANUARY
3RD.

THE STRONG FRONTS AND ASSOCIATED BANDS OF SHOWERS THAT MOVED OVER
THE REGION BROUGHT CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL TO NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA THROUGH THE MONTH. HOWEVER MOST OF
THESE LINES OF PRECIPITATION BECAME MORE BROKEN AND WEAKENED AS THEY
MOVED SOUTH OF THE ORLANDO AND KISSIMMEE METRO AREA. THIS RESULTED
IN ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OVER THE NORTH AND
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL TOTALS FARTHER SOUTH. DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED
5.92 INCHES DURING THE MONTH WHICH WAS ITS 4TH WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD (1ST IS 7.16 INCHES SET BACK IN 1986). A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE
STORMS OCCURRED WITH ONE OF THESE FRONTS ON THE 22ND WHERE A EF0
TORNADO (WINDS OF 65 TO 85 MPH) FORMED AND MOVED ACROSS PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL BREVARD COUNTY FROM VIERA TO COCOA BEACH CAUSING MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES AND KNOCKING DOWN TREES.

BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR THE
MONTH OF JANUARY 2010:

STATION        JANUARY 2010     30 YEAR   DEPARTURE     PERCENT OF
                 RAINFALL       NORMAL    FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH      5.92"         3.13"       2.79"         189%
(DAB)
ORLANDO            3.53"         2.43"       1.10"         145%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE          0.94"         2.48"      -1.54"          38%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH         0.94"         2.89"      -1.95"          33%
(VRB)
CLERMONT           3.11"         3.11"       0.00"         100%
(CLRF1)
DELAND             5.83"         3.35"       2.48"         174%
(DELF1)
SANFORD            3.84"         2.88"       0.96"         133%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE         3.00"         2.79"       0.21"         108%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE        1.30"         2.70"      -1.40"          48%
(FPCF1)
STUART             2.50"         3.02"      -0.52"          83%
(STRF1)

$$

WEITLICH



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