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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
651 PM EDT SUN APR 1 2012

...MARCH 2012 WAS CHARACTERIZED BY WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

DESPITE THE PASSAGE OF A STRONG COLD FRONT ON THE 4TH OR MARCH...
MUCH OF THE MONTH HAD TEMPERATURES THAT REMAINED WELL ABOVE NORMAL.
PRECIPITATION FROM FRONTAL PASSAGES...ONSHORE MOVING SHOWER ACTIVITY
AND SEA BREEZE BOUNDARY GENERATED CONVECTION WAS SCATTERED AT BEST
WITH MODEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS. THIS LED TO DRIER THAN NORMAL
CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION.

.TEMPERATURES...

RECORD WARMTH OCCURRED EARLY IN THE MONTH WITH TEMPERATURES REACHING
AS HIGH AS THE UPPER 80S AND AROUND 90 DEGREES IN SOME LOCATIONS.
THEN A COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE REGION EARLY ON THE 4TH AND
BRIEFLY COOLED DOWN TEMPERATURES TO 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH...AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WAS GENERALLY
IN PLACE OVER THE WEST ATLANTIC WITH A RIDGE EXTENDING NORTH OF
CENTRAL FLORIDA. THIS PROVIDED A PREDOMINANT ONSHORE FLOW THAT
COMBINED WITH ABOVE NORMAL HEIGHTS ALOFT TO GENERATE WARMER THAN
NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH MARCH.

AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES WERE ROUGHLY BETWEEN 4 AND 6
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED MARCH 2012 IN THE TOP 10 WARMEST
FOR DAYTONA BEACH...ORLANDO...MELBOURNE...AND VERO BEACH.

RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

-DAYTONA BEACH HAD MINIMUM TEMPERATURES THAT TIED OR BROKE THE
RECORD WARM LOW ON THE 7TH...9TH...10TH AND 11TH OF MARCH.

-ORLANDO TIED THE RECORD HIGH OF 90 DEGREES ON THE 3RD AND ALSO TIED
THE RECORD WARM LOW OF 68 DEGREES ON THE 9TH.

-A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 87 DEGREES OCCURRED AT MELBOURNE ON
THE 1ST AND A RECORD WARM LOW OF 72 DEGREES WAS RECORDED ON THE
23RD.

-VERO BEACH TIED THE RECORD HIGH OF 89 DEGREES ON THE 3RD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR MARCH 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 69.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIED 1997 AS
THE 2ND WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 71.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 4.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND RANKED AS THE
6TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 71.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 5.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AN RANKED AS THE
3RD WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 71.1 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...AND RANKED AS THE
6TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD.

TOP 10 WARMEST MARCH RANKINGS (AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT AND THE LAST YEAR IT OCCURRED):

     DAYTONA         ORLANDO        MELBOURNE      VERO BEACH
1.  70.1 1945   1.  73.7 1907   1.  72.7 1948   1.  74.0 1997
2.  69.9 2012   2.  73.2 1921   2.  72.3 1997   2.  73.6 2003
3.  69.7 1929   3.  72.7 1945   3.  71.5 2012   3.  72.9 1948
4.  69.3 2003   4.  72.3 1997   4.  71.1 1961   4.  71.5 1945
5.  69.1 1948   5.  71.8 2003   5.  70.8 1974   5.  71.4 1944
6.  68.9 1977   6.  71.7 2012   6.  70.7 1976   6.  71.1 2012
7.  68.7 1935   7.  71.5 1948   7.  70.2 1945   7.  70.8 1953
8.  68.6 1923   8.  71.3 1923   8.  69.9 2000   8.  70.4 1977
9.  68.4 1974   9.  71.0 1973   9.  69.8 2007   9.  70.3 1961
10. 68.2 1973   10. 70.9 1897   10. 69.7 1982   10. 70.2 1982

.RAINFALL...

THE COLD FRONT THAT MOVED THROUGH EARLY ON THE 4TH TRIGGERED A LINE
OF STRONG STORMS THAT PRODUCED GENERALLY LESS THAN A HALF AN INCH OF
RAINFALL ACROSS MUCH OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. PRECIPITATION THROUGH
THE REST OF MARCH WAS GENERALLY HIT OR MISS FROM ONSHORE MOVING
SCATTERED SHOWERS OR GENERATED FROM THE EAST AND WEST COAST SEA
BREEZES AND COLLISIONS BETWEEN THESE BOUNDARIES OVER THE INTERIOR.
OVERALL...RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOR THE MONTH WERE BELOW NORMAL WITH MUCH
OF THE AREA ONLY RECEIVING AROUND A HALF OR LESS OF NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.

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

-DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED 2.01 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH
WAS 2.23 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 0.81 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
2.96 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 3.03 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH
WAS 0.25 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 3.01 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH, WHICH
WAS 1.11 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    2.01"          4.24"        -2.23"          47%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          0.81"          3.77"        -2.96"          21%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        3.03"          3.28"        -0.25"          92%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       3.01"          4.12"        -1.11"          73%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         1.41"          4.01"        -2.60"          35%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           1.67"          4.30"        -2.63"          39%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          2.29"          3.90"        -1.61"          59%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       1.74"          3.92"        -2.18"          44%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      2.38"          3.68"        -1.30"          65%
(FPCF1)
STUART           1.01"          5.00"        -3.99"          20%
(STRF1)
OKEECHOBEE       5.91"          3.48"        +2.43"         170%
(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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