PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
533 PM EST FRI FEB 1 2013

...JANUARY 2013 WAS MUCH WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA...

SEVERAL COLD FRONTS MOVED THROUGH THE REGION IN JANUARY BUT WERE
RATHER WEAK AND GENERATED LITTLE IN THE WAY OF PRECIPITATION. IN
ADDITION...ABOVE NORMAL HEIGHTS ALOFT DOMINATED DURING THE MONTH
WHICH KEPT CONDITIONS GENERALLY WARM AND DRY. THIS LED TO AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES THAT WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS
MUCH DRIER THAN NORMAL OVER MOST OF THE AREA FOR THIS FIRST MONTH OF
2013.


.TEMPERATURES...

WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES STARTED OFF THE MONTH UNTIL A WEAK
COLD FRONT MOVED INTO THE AREA ON THE 3RD. THIS BOUNDARY BECAME
QUASI-STATIONARY...LINGERING ACROSS CENTRAL TO SOUTH FLORIDA FOR
SEVERAL DAYS. DESPITE SOME COOLER DAYTIME HIGHS ON THE 4TH...
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY STAYED ABOVE NORMAL. ONCE THIS FRONT PUSHED
SOUTH...AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE BUILT ACROSS FLORIDA AND HELD STRONG
INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WHICH BLOCKED FRONTAL PASSAGES THROUGH
THIS PERIOD. THIS RIDGE HELPED PRODUCE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AROUND
10 TO 15 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL FROM THE 8TH THROUGH THE 16TH. THE
BLOCKING HIGH PRESSURE FINALLY BROKE DOWN AND ALLOWED FOR A COLD
FRONT TO MOVE THROUGH THE AREA ON THE 17TH AND ANOTHER ON THE 22ND
...BUT BOTH TIMES THE PERIOD OF COOLER TEMPERATURES WAS SHORT LIVED.
TEMPERATURES GRADUALLY WARMED INTO THE END OF THE MONTH BECOMING
WELL ABOVE NORMAL AGAIN BEFORE A STRONGER COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH
ON THE MORNING OF THE 31ST.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES FOR THE MONTH WERE ROUGHLY AROUND 6
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKED THIS PAST JANUARY IN THE TOP 10
WARMEST ON RECORD FOR MOST SITES.

RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-JANUARY 29TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 66 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS
RECORD OF 64 DEGREES SET BACK IN 1932.

ORLANDO:
-JANUARY 9TH: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD SET
BACK IN 1997, 1974, 1937, 1936, AND 1925.
-JANUARY 10TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 65 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS
RECORD OF 64 DEGREES SET BACK IN 1925.
-JANUARY 29TH: RECORD HIGH OF 85 DEGREES TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD
SET BACK IN 2009 AND 1917.

MELBOURNE:
-JANUARY 17TH: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD
SET BACK IN 1943.

VERO BEACH:
-JANUARY 10TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 69 DEGREES TIED THE PREVIOUS
RECORD SET BACK IN 1991.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR JANUARY 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 64.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 6.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS IS THE 9TH
WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 66.2 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 6.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 66.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 6.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
6TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 67.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
7TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...

A WEAK FRONT MOVED INTO THE AREA ON THE 3RD AND LINGERED ACROSS
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. THIS FRONT
PROVIDED FORCING FOR SOME LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL ACROSS PORTIONS
OF THE AREA...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST FROM THE CAPE CANAVERAL
AREA SOUTHWARD THROUGH THIS PERIOD. AS THIS BOUNDARY SHIFTED
SOUTHWARD BY THE 8TH A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE ALOFT BUILT INTO THE AREA
AND PERSISTED THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WHICH PRODUCED DRY
CONDITIONS OVER THE REGION. A COUPLE ADDITIONAL COLD FRONTS MOVED
THROUGH ON THE 17TH AND 22ND BUT PROVIDED LITTLE IN THE WAY OF
PRECIPITATION. A STRONGER COLD FRONT PUSHED SOUTHWARD ACROSS CENTRAL
FLORIDA EARLY ON THE 31ST AND WHILE RAINFALL WAS WIDESPREAD...IT
ONLY AMOUNTED TO AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OR LESS FOR MOST
LOCATIONS.

THE OVERALL DRIER CONDITIONS LED TO RAINFALL DEPARTURES AROUND 1 TO
2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL OR AMOUNTS AROUND 15 TO 35 PERCENT OF NORMAL
FOR THE MONTH. COASTAL SITES SOUTH OF THE CAPE HAD SLIGHTLY HIGHER
MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS BUT WERE STILL DRIER THAN NORMAL.

JANUARY 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 0.48 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
2.26 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 9TH DRIEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 0.24 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 2.11
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 8TH DRIEST JANUARY ON RECORD
FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 1.66 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.61 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 1.52 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.98 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.


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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    0.48"          2.74"        -2.26"          18%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          0.24"          2.35"        -2.11"          10%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        1.66"          2.27"        -0.61"          73%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       1.52"          2.50"        -0.98"          61%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         1.02"          2.91"        -1.89"          35%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           0.52"          3.04"        -2.52"          17%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          1.15"          2.86"        -1.71"          40%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       0.87"          2.75"        -1.88"          32%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      2.19"          2.35"        -0.16"          93%
(FPCF1)
STUART           1.91"          2.59"        -0.68"          74%
(STRF1)


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THE CLIMATE SUBSECTION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

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