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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
902 AM EDT THURS APR 1 2010

...MARCH 2010 WAS ONE OF THE COLDEST AND WETTEST MARCH`S ON RECORD
ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

MARCH 2010 CONTINUED THE TREND OVER THE PAST WINTER SEASON OF WELL
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA AS SEVERAL FRONTS BROUGHT COLDER AIR AND HEAVY
RAINFALL TO THE AREA.

A STRONG FRONT PUSHED ACROSS THE REGION ON THE 2ND WHICH REINFORCED
COLDER AIR ALREADY IN PLACE OVER FLORIDA. FOR MUCH OF EARLY MARCH
PERSISTENT NORTHERLY FLOW BEHIND THE FRONTAL PASSAGE KEPT
TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL. FROM THE 3RD TO THE 8TH OF THE MONTH
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES RANGED FROM AROUND 10 TO 15 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. COOLER TEMPERATURES THEN
DOMINATED MOST OF THE REST OF THE MONTH AS ADDITIONAL COLD FRONTS
MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA. HOWEVER TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES WERE
NOT AS EXTREME...AVERAGING AROUND 5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

OVERALL FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES
RANGED FROM 5 TO 7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. VERO BEACH TIED MARCH 1969
AS THE COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD...WHILE ORLANDO CAME IN 2ND WHICH
TIED MARCH 1960. MELBOURNE HAD THE 3RD COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD AND
DAYTONA BEACH TIED MARCH 1971 AS THE 6TH COLDEST MARCH. IN
ADDITION...THE COMBINED TOTAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FROM JANUARY
THROUGH MARCH BROKE THE RECORD FOR COLDEST START TO THE YEAR FOR
MELBOURNE AND VERO BEACH AS WELL AS FOR SEVERAL CO-OPERATIVE
OBSERVER LOCATIONS ACROSS THE AREA THAT HAVE RECORDS GOING BACK
GREATER THAN 30 YEARS (SEE RANKINGS BELOW).

TOP 10 COLDEST MARCH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE RANKINGS IN DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT AND LATEST YEAR SET:

   DAYTONA          ORLANDO       MELBOURNE     VERO BEACH
 1. 57.9  1969   1. 60.4  1969  1. 60.2  1969  1. 61.2  2010*
 2. 58.0  1941   2. 60.9  2010* 2. 61.2  1941  2. 61.5  1968
 3. 58.4  1960   3. 61.3  1968  3. 61.5  2010  3. 63.2  1960
 4. 59.5  1926   4. 62.9  1996  4. 62.5  1947  4. 63.6  1947
 5. 59.9  1968   5. 63.5  1983  5. 63.0  1971  5. 64.1  1981
 6. 60.0  2010*  6. 63.7  1998  6. 63.1  1960  6. 64.3  1966
 7. 60.1  1931   7. 64.0  1981  7. 63.2  1981  7. 64.4  1983
 8. 60.2  1983   8. 64.3  1966  8. 63.6  1996  8. 64.8  1998
 9. 60.3  1947   9. 64.5  1999  9. 63.8  1988  9. 64.9  1996
10. 60.4  1981  10. 64.6  1979 10. 64.2  1998 10. 65.3  1954

*TIED A PREVIOUS RECORD

TOP 5 COLDEST JANUARY-MARCH AVERAGE TEMPERATURE RANKINGS IN
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT AND YEAR SET:

  DAYTONA           ORLANDO       MELBOURNE     VERO BEACH
1. 54.9  1958   1. 56.4  1958  1. 57.5  2010  1. 58.0  2010
2. 55.5  1940   2. 56.7  2010  2. 58.8  1968  2. 59.5  1958
3. 55.6  2010   3. 58.5  1968  3. 59.1  1981  3. 59.8  1978
4. 56.0  1981   4. 58.9  1981  4. 59.7  1969  4. 59.9  1981
5. 56.2  1978   5. 59.3  1977  5. 59.8  1970  5. 60.2  1968

DATA FROM CO-OPERATIVE STATIONS IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA:
            JANUARY-MARCH              MARCH
CLERMONT    55.4 - COLDEST           59.4 - COLDEST
DELAND      53.6 - COLDEST           58.2 - 2ND
TITUSVILLE  56.0 - COLDEST           60.5 - 2ND
SANFORD     56.1 - COLDEST           60.6 - 2ND
OKEECHOBEE  57.2 - COLDEST           60.0 - COLDEST
FT. PIERCE  58.0 - COLDEST           59.7 - COLDEST
STUART      57.9 - COLDEST           60.5 - COLDEST

A FEW HEAVY RAINFALL EVENTS OCCURRED AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONTS THAT
PUSHED ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH. MOST NOTABLE OF
THESE WAS DURING THE 11TH THROUGH THE 12TH WHEN A BAND OF
PRECIPITATION BROUGHT WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES
ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS OF 5 TO 6
INCHES. ANOTHER HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT OCCURRED LATE IN THE MONTH WHEN
SEPARATE LINES OF SHOWERS AND STORMS MOVED ACROSS THE AREA PRECEDING
A COLD FRONT. THESE BANDS DROPPED 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN ACROSS THE
AREA FROM THE 28TH TO THE 29TH AND THE INITIAL LINE ALSO PRODUCED A
WEAK EF0 TORNADO IN MELBOURNE (THE SECOND TORNADO TO HIT BREVARD
COUNTY THIS YEAR) THAT DID MINOR DAMAGE TO TREES AND HOUSING
STRUCTURES IN THE AREA. MANY SITES ACROSS THE AREA RECEIVED TWICE
THE AMOUNT OR MORE OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH.

MELBOURNE HAD THE 3RD WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 8.74
INCHES OF RAINFALL WHILE ORLANDO AND VERO BEACH RANKED 4TH WETTEST
WITH 8.87 AND 9.42 INCHES RESPECTIVELY. DAYTONA BEACH DID NOT
RECEIVE AS MUCH RAINFALL AS MANY OF THE OTHER SITES ACROSS THE AREA
WITH A TOTAL OF 6.20 INCHES AND THEREFORE DID NOT RANK IN THE TOP
10. HOWEVER FROM JANUARY TO MARCH DAYTONA BEACH HAS RECEIVED 16.04
INCHES OF RAINFALL WHICH RANKS IT 7TH FOR THE WETTEST 3 MONTH START
TO THE YEAR. ALSO...ORLANDO HAS RECEIVED 16.75 INCHES OF RAINFALL
SINCE JANUARY 1ST WHICH RANKS IT THE 2ND WETTEST JANUARY TO MARCH
PERIOD ON RECORD.

TOP 10 HIGHEST MARCH RAINFALL RANKINGS IN INCHES AND YEAR SET:

   DAYTONA          ORLANDO       MELBOURNE     VERO BEACH
 1. 12.15 1996   1. 11.38 1987  1. 11.58 1996  1. 12.78 1993
 2. 10.57 2003   2. 10.54 1960  2. 10.13 1969  2. 10.80 1996
 3.  9.98 2001   3.  9.87 1996  3.  8.74 2010  3. 10.73 1982
 4.  8.48 2000   4.  8.87 2010  4.  8.55 1993  4.  9.42 2010
 5.  8.17 1930   5.  7.69 1959  5.  7.88 1960  5.  8.67 1969
 6.  8.11 1991   6.  6.67 1952  6.  6.62 1988  6.  7.92 1959
 7.  7.94 1987   7.  6.66 1991  7.  6.59 1950  7.  7.78 2005
 8.  7.75 1960   8.  6.38 2005  8.  6.45 1959  8.  7.43 1960
 9.  7.71 1983   9.  6.26 1993  9.  6.19 1943  9.  7.18 1991
10.  7.70 1959  10.  6.16 1958 10.  6.06 1950 10.  6.71 1998

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH      6.20"         3.84"       2.36"         161%
(DAB)
ORLANDO            8.87"         3.54"       5.33"         251%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE          8.74"         2.92"       5.82"         299%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH         9.42"         4.20"       5.22"         224%
(VRB)
CLERMONT           7.67"         3.81"       3.86"         201%
(CLRF1)
DELAND             6.22"         3.84"       2.38"         162%
(DELF1)
SANFORD            6.99"         3.80"       3.19"         184%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE         8.48"         3.60"       4.88"         236%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE        7.45"         3.27"       4.18"         228%
(FPCF1)
STUART            10.90"         4.06"       6.84"         268%
(STRF1)


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