PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
430 PM EDT FRI NOV 1 2013

...OCTOBER 2013 WAS A VERY DRY MONTH ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

FRONTAL PASSAGES WERE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN OCTOBER WITH ONLY ONE
SIGNIFICANTLY COOLER AIRMASS BUILDING INTO THE AREA LATE IN THE
MONTH. LACK OF FRONTS...A CONTINUED INACTIVE TROPICS AND THE EARLY
TRANSITION TO THE DRY SEASON LED TO WELL BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AND
TEMPERATURES THAT WERE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL OVER THE REGION.

.TEMPERATURES...

NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY PRESENT DURING THE
FIRST SEVERAL DAYS OF OCTOBER AND THEN A WEAK FRONT MOVED THROUGH
DURING THE 8TH AND 9TH OF THE MONTH WITH SLIGHTLY COOLER AND DRIER
CONDITIONS MOVING IN BEHIND THE BOUNDARY. THIS FRONTAL PASSAGE
FINALLY ALLOWED ORLANDO'S LOW TEMPERATURE TO DROP BELOW 70 DEGREES
WHICH WAS THE THE FIRST TIME THIS HAD OCCURRED AT THIS SITE SINCE
LATE MAY. THESE SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE SHORT LIVED
HOWEVER AND IT WASN'T UNTIL LATE IN THE MONTH...DURING THE 23RD...
THAT A MORE SIGNIFICANT COOL FRONT MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA.
AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES AROUND 3 TO 7 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL WERE PRESENT FROM THE 24TH THROUGH THE 27TH WITH LOWS DIPPING
INTO THE 50S THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON. ONSHORE FLOW IN THE LAST
FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH THEN STEADILY INCREASED TEMPERATURES TO MORE
SEASONABLE VALUES.

MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE GENERALLY NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR
MOST SITES. HOWEVER VERO BEACH ENDED UP SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FOR
THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW....MAINLY DUE TO A COOLER THAN NORMAL
AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE.

DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

ORLANDO:
-OCTOBER 20: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 73 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2005.

MELBOURNE:
-OCTOBER 22: RECORD HIGH OF 92 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 89 SET
IN 2006.

VERO BEACH:
-OCTOBER 21: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 89 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2002.
-OCTOBER 22: RECORD HIGH OF 92 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 91 SET
IN 2006.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR OCTOBER 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 74.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 76.8 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 77.1 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 2009 AND
1971 AS THE 8TH WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 75.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

.RAINFALL...

IT WAS MAINLY DRY ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA IN EARLY OCTOBER UNTIL
MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL CYCLONE KAREN
MOVED THROUGH THE AREA AHEAD OF A WEAK FRONTAL PASSAGE. THIS
GENERATED LOW BUT FAIRLY WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OVER THE
REGION. A DRIER AIRMASS BUILT IN BEHIND THIS BOUNDARY AND CONVECTION
REMAINED ISOLATED TO NON-EXISTENT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH.
ANOTHER WEAK FRONT MOVED INTO THE AREA DURING THE 20TH AND REMAINED
RELATIVELY STATIONARY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. DESPITE THE INCREASE
IN MOISTURE THIS BOUNDARY BROUGHT...SHOWER AND STORM COVERAGE
REMAINED LOW. A REINFORCING COOL FRONT THEN MOVED THROUGH ON THE
23RD AND USHERED IN A SIGNIFICANTLY COOLER AND DRIER AIRMASS.
THIS KEPT RAIN CHANCES OUT OF THE FORECAST THROUGH THE END OF THE
MONTH...EXCEPT FOR A FEW ONSHORE MOVING LIGHT SHOWERS THE LAST FEW
DAYS OF OCTOBER.

THIS ENDED UP AS ONE OF THE DRIEST OCTOBERS ON RECORD FOR EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA. RAINFALL DEPARTURES FOR MANY OBSERVING LOCATIONS
WERE AROUND 2 TO 4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...OR LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF
NORMAL.

OCTOBER 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 2.26 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
1.95 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 0.15 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 3.16
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND DRIEST OCTOBER ON RECORD
FOR THIS SITE. THE RECORD MONTHLY MINIMUM RAINFALL OCCURRED IN 2010
WHEN NO RAINFALL WAS OBSERVED...NOT EVEN A TRACE.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 0.26 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
4.80 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND DRIEST OCTOBER ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE RECORD MONTHLY MINIMUM RAINFALL OCCURRED
IN 2010 WHEN ONLY A TRACE OF RAIN FELL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 0.53 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
4.38 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 3RD DRIEST OCTOBER ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE RECORD MONTHLY MINIMUM RAINFALL OCCURRED
IN 2010 WHEN ONLY 0.01 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.

CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:

-CLERMONT HAD THEIR 10TH DRIEST OCTOBER ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF
0.84 INCHES.

-FORT PIERCE TIED 2006 RANKING AS THE 5TH DRIEST OCTOBER ON RECORD
WITH A TOTAL OF 0.91 INCHES.

-STUART HAD THEIR 3RD DRIEST OCTOBER ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 0.97
INCHES.

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    2.26"          4.21"        -1.95"          54%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          0.15"          3.31"        -3.16"           5%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        0.26"          5.06"        -4.80"           5%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       0.53"          4.91"        -4.38"          11%
(VRB)
LEESBURG         0.01"          3.10"        -3.09"           0%
(LEE)
CLERMONT         0.84"          2.52"        -1.68"          33%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           2.08"          4.18"        -2.10"          50%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          1.62"          3.93"        -2.31"          41%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       1.63"          4.72"        -3.09"          35%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      0.91"          5.42"        -4.51"          17%
(FPCF1)
STUART           0.97"          6.00"        -5.03"          16%
(STRF1)


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THE CLIMATE SUBSECTION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

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WEITLICH


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