PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
351 PM EST SUN FEB 2 2014

...JANUARY 2014 WAS COOLER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL FOR EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA...


AFTER A RATHER WARM AND DRY DECEMBER...CONDITIONS CHANGED
CONSIDERABLY INTO THE NEW YEAR. NUMEROUS STRONG COLD FRONTS MOVED
THROUGH CENTRAL FLORIDA DURING JANUARY USHERING IN PERIODS OF BELOW
TO WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. SOME OF THESE FRONTS PRODUCED
SHOWER BANDS THAT GENERATED MODEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS. HOWEVER A
SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OCCURRED WITH
PERSISTENT RAINFALL DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS OF JANUARY AND WITH A
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT ALONG THE TREASURE COAST DURING THE
FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH.


.TEMPERATURES...

WARMER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT DURING THE FIRST COUPLE
DAYS OF JANUARY BEFORE A COLD FRONT BROUGHT A BRIEF BLAST OF COLDER
AIR ON THE 3RD. AN EVEN STRONGER COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH A FEW DAYS
LATER AND PRODUCED TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES UP TO 15 TO 20 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL ON THE 7TH. THE FIRST FREEZE TO IMPACT THE AREA THIS
SEASON OCCURRED ON THIS MORNING WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING THE
FREEZING MARK NORTH OF ORLANDO. ALSO THE LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES
FOR THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THIS DAY WITH MANY LOCATIONS NOT GETTING
OUT OF THE 40S IN THE AFTERNOON AND ALL CLIMATE SITES BREAKING THEIR
DAILY RECORD COOL HIGHS. TEMPERATURES QUICKLY RECOVERED HOWEVER AND
STAYED NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH MID-MONTH. THEN A SERIES OF
STRONG COLD FRONTS MOVED ACROSS THE REGION FROM THE 16TH THROUGH THE
24TH KEEPING TEMPERATURES AROUND 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR
MUCH OF THIS TIME FRAME AND PRODUCING A FEW ADDITIONAL LIGHT
FREEZES. COOLER TEMPERATURES THEN REMAINED IN PLACE DURING THE LAST
FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH AS NORTHERLY FLOW CONTINUED BEHIND A COLD
FRONT WITH CLOUDY AND RAINY CONDITIONS PERSISTING.

AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES ENDED UP BELOW NORMAL OVERALL WITH
DEPARTURES RANGING FROM -0.4 DEGREES AT MELBOURNE TO -1.8 DEGREES
AT DAYTONA BEACH. A NEGATIVE ARCTIC OSCILLATION FOR MUCH OF THE
MONTH HELPED PRODUCE THIS COOLER WEATHER AS THIS PHASE MAKES
CONDITIONS MORE FAVORABLE FOR COLD AIR OUTBREAKS ACROSS THE CENTRAL
AND EASTERN UNITED STATES.

DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-JANUARY 7: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 42 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 51
SET IN 1942.
-JANUARY 11: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1991 AND
1974.

ORLANDO:
-JANUARY 7: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 49 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 53
SET IN 1924.
-JANUARY 10: RECORD WARM LOW OF 68 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 65
SET IN 2013.
-JANUARY 11: RECORD WARM LOW OF 69 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 67
SET IN 1991. ALSO TIED RECORD HIGH OF 86 DEGREES SET IN 1972.

MELBOURNE:
-JANUARY 7: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 49 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 56
SET IN 2006.
-JANUARY 11: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 69 SET IN 1991. 
-JANUARY 14: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 65 SET IN 1972.

VERO BEACH:
-JANUARY 7: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 54 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 57
SET IN 1980.
-JANUARY 11: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES SET IN 1972.
-JANUARY 27: RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 82 SET
IN 1996.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR JANUARY 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 56.1 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 58.6 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 59.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 61.4 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

.RAINFALL...

BANDS OF SHOWERS THAT DEVELOPED ALONG AND AHEAD OF FRONTAL PASSAGES
DURING JANUARY GENERALLY PRODUCED MAXIMUM RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN A
QUARTER TO A HALF AN INCH. HOWEVER A MOIST ONSHORE FLOW NORTH OF A
FRONTAL BOUNDARY OVER SOUTH FLORIDA ON THE 9TH HELPED GENERATE A
CLUSTER OF PERSISTENT SHOWERS AND STORMS THAT PRODUCED VERY HIGH
RAINFALL AMOUNTS ALONG THE COAST FROM NEAR VERO BEACH SOUTHWARD
ACROSS SAINT LUCIE AND MARTIN COUNTIES. LOCALIZED TOTALS UP TO 10 TO
12 INCHES OCCURRED FROM THIS ACTIVITY FLOODING MUCH OF THE AREA
ROADWAYS. IN ADDITION, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
EVENT PRODUCED DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS IN HOBE SOUND. MORE
WIDESPREAD HIGHER RAINFALL TOTALS OCCURRED TOWARD THE END OF
JANUARY. OVERRUNNING MOISTURE NORTH OF A FRONTAL BOUNDARY THAT HAD
MOVED THROUGH THE REGION EARLY ON THE 29TH PRODUCED A LARGE AREA OF
PERSISTENT RAINFALL ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS
OF THE MONTH. RAINFALL TOTALS FROM THIS ACTIVITY WERE AROUND 1 TO 2
INCHES OVER MUCH OF THE REGION WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 4
TO 5 INCHES OCCURRING ACROSS SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY. MELBOURNE
ACTUALLY BROKE IT'S DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS ON ALL THREE OF THESE
DAYS.

THE PRECIPITATION FROM FRONTAL PASSAGES AND THESE TWO HEAVIER
RAINFALL EVENTS PRODUCED RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE MONTH THAT WERE
GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL...ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF ORANGE AND NORTHERN
BREVARD COUNTIES.

DAILY RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:

MELBOURNE:
-JANUARY 29: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.84 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.70 INCHES SET IN 1966.
-JANUARY 30: TIED RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.79 INCHES SET IN 2009.
-JANUARY 31: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.98 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
1.34 INCHES SET IN 1999.

VERO BEACH:
-JANUARY 9: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.56 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.91 INCHES SET IN 1993. 
-JANUARY 30: RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.83 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.45 INCHES SET IN 2009.

JANUARY 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 2.77 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.03 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 2.92 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 0.57
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 5.78 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
3.51 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 3RD WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD OCCURRED IN 1979
WHEN 8.17 INCHES OF RAIN FELL DURING THE MONTH.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 4.49 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
1.99 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 9TH WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD OCCURRED IN 1957
WHEN 9.08 INCHES OF RAIN FELL DURING THE MONTH.

CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:

-FORT PIERCE WATER PLANT HAD THEIR WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD WITH A
TOTAL OF 13.56 INCHES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 9.46 INCHES IN 1993.
RAINFALL RECORDS AT THIS SITE GO BACK TO 1901.

-STUART HAD THEIR 2ND WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF
10.66 INCHES. THE RECORD HOLDER FOR JANUARY AT THIS SITE IS 11.44
INCHES SET IN 1993. RAINFALL RECORDS AT STUART GO BACK TO 1935.

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    2.77"          2.74"        +0.03"         101%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          2.92"          2.35"        +0.57"         124%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        5.78"          2.27"        +3.51"         255%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       4.49"          2.50"        +1.99"         180%
(VRB)
LEESBURG         1.41"          2.74"        -1.33"          51%
(LEE)
CLERMONT         2.50"          2.91"        -0.41"          86%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           2.69"          3.04"        -0.35"          88%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          2.61"          2.86"        -0.25"          91%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       2.87"          2.75"        +0.12"         104%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE     13.56"          2.35"       +11.21"         577%
(FPCF1)
STUART          10.01"          2.59"        +7.42"         386%
(STRF1)


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WEITLICH

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