PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1212 PM EDT FRI NOV 2 2012

...OCTOBER 2012 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

COLD FRONTS THAT MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL FLORIDA BECAME MORE FREQUENT
AND STRONGER IN THE LATTER HALF OF OCTOBER WITH WELL BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES OCCURRING THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER FOR
MUCH OF THE TIME DAILY TEMPERATURES REMAINED NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE
NORMAL. RAINFALL IN OCTOBER HAPPENED MAINLY EARLY ON DUE TO A MOIST
AIRMASS OVER THE REGION AND ALSO WITH INCREASING SHOWER COVERAGE
ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE SANDY LATER IN THE MONTH.

.TEMPERATURES...

WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS PREVAILED OVER THE AREA DURING THE FIRST
HALF OF OCTOBER WITH ONLY SLIGHT RELIEF FROM PASSAGE OF WEAK FRONTS
ON THE 9TH AND 16TH. IT WAS NOT UNTIL THE 20TH THAT A MORE
SIGNIFICANT COLD FRONT BROUGHT COOLER TEMPERATURES TO CENTRAL
FLORIDA. LOWS REACHED DOWN TO THE MID TO UPPER 50S THAT
NIGHT...WHICH WAS THE FIRST TIME TEMPERATURES HAD DROPPED BELOW 60
DEGREES SINCE LATE APRIL. A WARM UP BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER FROM
STRONGER ONSHORE FLOW THAT MODERATED TEMPERATURES AS TROPICAL
CYCLONE SANDY DEVELOPED SOUTH OF CUBA AND MOVED NORTHWARD OFFSHORE
OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. AS SANDY SHIFTED NORTHEASTWARD AWAY FROM
THE AREA ON THE 27TH...A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH AND DROPPED
TEMPERATURES TO RECORD LEVELS AT A FEW LOCATIONS TOWARD THE END OF
THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES WERE 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FROM THE
29TH THROUGH THE 31ST ONLY REACHING THE UPPER 60S TO LOW 70S IN THE
AFTERNOON AND AS LOW AS THE 40S AT NIGHT.

DESPITE THIS COLDER SNAP AT MONTH'S END...AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES WERE NEAR NORMAL...RANGING FROM 0.2 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL AT DAYTONA BEACH TO 0.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT VERO
BEACH.

RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-OCTOBER 14TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 76 DEGREES TIED THE PREVIOUS
RECORD SET BACK IN 2008.
-OCTOBER 30TH: RECORD LOW OF 42 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
43 DEGREES SET BACK IN 1973.

ORLANDO:
-OCTOBER 31ST: RECORD LOW OF 44 DEGREES TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD SET
BACK IN 1993.

MELBOURNE:
-OCTOBER 14TH: RECORD WARM LOW OF 78 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS
RECORD OF 77 DEGREES SET IN 2007.

VERO BEACH:
-OCTOBER 30TH: RECORD LOW OF 45 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
46 SET BACK IN 1968 AND 2008.
-OCTOBER 31ST: RECORD LOW OF 46 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
48 DEGREES SET BACK IN 1973 AND 1993.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR OCTOBER 2012 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 74.2 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 75.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 75.6 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 75.8 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

.RAINFALL...

A MOIST AIRMASS MOVED IN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH AHEAD OF A
FRONTAL BOUNDARY THAT REACHED THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND SLOWLY
WEAKENED. THIS MOISTURE PERSISTED AND ALLOWED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS EACH DAY FROM THE 1ST TO THE 8TH. WHILE
THERE WERE A FEW DAYS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WHERE
PRECIPITATION OCCURRED...IT WAS GENERALLY DRIER DUE TO WEAK FRONTAL
PASSAGES. EASTERLY FLOW BEGAN TO INCREASE LATER IN THE MONTH AS
TROPICAL CYCLONE SANDY FORMED SOUTH OF CUBA ON THE 22ND AND MOVED
NORTHWARD. THIS BEGAN TO INCREASE MOISTURE AND ONSHORE MOVING SHOWER
ACTIVITY ACROSS THE REGION. AS SANDY REACHED WITHIN 200 TO 250 MILES
OFFSHORE OF THE EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA COAST THE OUTER SHOWER BANDS OF
THE SYSTEM IMPACTED THE AREA...FROM THE 25TH THROUGH EARLY ON THE
27TH. RAINFALL FROM SANDY WAS HIGHEST ALONG THE COAST WITH TOTALS
GENERALLY AROUND 1 TO 2 INCHES AND LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS FROM 3 TO
4 INCHES IN NORTHERN BREVARD AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES.

TOTAL PRECIPITATION IN OCTOBER AVERAGED AROUND 2 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS
THE AREA...WHICH WAS NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:

VERO BEACH:

-OCTOBER 26TH: RECORD RAINFALL AMOUNT OF 0.80 INCHES BROKE THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF 0.46 INCHES SET BACK IN 1952.

OCTOBER 2012 RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE FOUR MAIN CLIMATE SITES ACROSS
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS PROVIDED IF IN THE TOP
10):

-DAYTONA BEACH RECEIVED 6.91 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
2.70 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 2.22 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 1.09
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 3.04 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
2.02 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 4.70 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.21 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.


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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    6.91"          4.21"        +2.70"         164%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          2.22"          3.31"        -1.09"          67%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        3.04"          5.06"        -2.02"          60%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       4.70"          4.91"        -0.21"          96%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         1.94"          2.52"        -0.58"          77%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           3.14"          4.18"        -1.04"          75%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          2.31"          3.93"        -1.62"          59%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       3.60"          4.72"        -1.12"          76%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      6.01"          5.42"        +0.59"         111%
(FPCF1)
STUART           5.12"          6.00"        -0.88"          85%
(STRF1)


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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