PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1050 PM EDT SAT SEP 3 2011

...THE 2011 SUMMER SEASON RANKED IN THE TOP 10 WARMEST FOR EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA...

THE ATLANTIC SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE BUILT INTO FLORIDA IN JUNE
AND INFLUENCED THE DAILY SEA BREEZE PATTERNS AND GENERAL WEATHER
THROUGH MUCH OF THE SUMMER. TEMPERATURES GENERALLY REMAINED NEAR TO
ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE SEASON AND DESPITE A VERY LATE START TO THE
WET SEASON...RAINFALL ENDED UP NEAR TO JUST SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL BY
SUMMERS END.

.TEMPERATURES...

ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...JUNE...JULY...AND AUGUST HAD MONTHLY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THAT WERE WARMER THAN NORMAL WITH DAILY HIGHS
GENERALLY IN THE LOW TO MID 90S AND LOWS IN THE MID 70S MUCH OF THE
TIME. THERE WERE ALSO A FEW INSTANCES WHERE HIGHS REACHED THE UPPER
90S IN JUNE AND AUGUST...TYING OR BREAKING PREVIOUS RECORDS. THE
MEAN SUMMER TEMPERATURE WAS AROUND 1 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL FOR MOST
SITES. THIS WAS ONE OF THE WARMEST SUMMERS ON RECORD...RANKING IN
THE TOP 10 FOR DAYTONA BEACH...ORLANDO...MELBOURNE...AND VERO BEACH.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR THE SUMMER SEASON 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 SUMMER SEASON TEMPERATURE OF 81.8
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT WHICH WAS 0.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED
AS THE 7TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE SUMMER SEASON TEMPERATURE OF 83.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT WHICH WAS 1.0 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIED 1981 AS
THE 5TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE SUMMER SEASON TEMPERATURE OF 82.6 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT WHICH WAS 1.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIED 2007 AS THE
3RD WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE SUMMER SEASON TEMPERATURE OF 82.4 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT WHICH WAS 1.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKED AS THE
4TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...

THE WET SEASON...CHARACTERIZED BY MORE PERSISTENT AFTERNOON SHOWER
AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY OVER THE AREA...NORMALLY STARTS IN LATE
MAY. HOWEVER THIS SUMMER THE DRY SEASON EXTENDED INTO MUCH OF
JUNE...WITH VERY LITTLE RAINFALL FALLING OVER EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.
IT WAS NOT UNTIL LATE JUNE WHEN INCREASING MOISTURE AND A MORE
DISTURBED WEATHER PATTERN FINALLY BROUGHT A HIGHER COVERAGE OF
RAINFALL TO THE AREA. THIS MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE WET SEASON
THIS YEAR AND WAS THE SECOND LATEST START ON RECORD...ONLY FALLING
BEHIND 1998 WHEN IT WAS DELAYED INTO EARLY JULY.

GENERAL SCATTERED SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY CONTINUED INTO
THE REST OF THE SUMMER PRODUCING LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AT TIMES.
THE MORE SCATTERED NATURE OF AFTERNOON CONVECTION LEAD TO VARIABLE
RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS THE AREA...BUT OVERALL SEASONAL TOTALS WERE
NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AVERAGING
AROUND 15 TO 20 INCHES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA WERE GENERALLY
AROUND 80-100% OF NORMAL WITH A FEW SPOTS FALLING JUST ABOVE OR
BELOW THAT RANGE. THIS RAINFALL FINALLY BROUGHT SIGNIFICANT
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SEVERE AND EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT WERE
IN PLACE.

THE 2011 SUMMER SEASON 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 21.19 INCHES OF RAINFALL THIS SUMMER SEASON
WHICH WAS 3.13 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 27.07 INCHES OF RAINFALL THIS SUMMER SEASON WHICH
WAS 5.09 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 17.62 INCHES OF RAINFALL THIS SUMMER SEASON
WHICH WAS 2.73 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 19.88 INCHES OF RAINFALL THIS SUMMER SEASON
WHICH WAS 0.55 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR THE 2011
SUMMER SEASON:

STATION         SUMMER 2011     30 YEAR   DEPARTURE     PERCENT OF
                 RAINFALL       NORMAL   FROM NORMAL      NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH     21.19"        18.06"       3.13"         117%
(DAB)
ORLANDO           27.07"        21.98"       5.09"         123%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE         17.62"        20.35"      -2.73"          87%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH        19.88"        19.33"       0.55"         103%
(VRB)
CLERMONT          19.46"        23.08"      -3.62"          84%
(CLRF1)
DELAND            20.18"        24.30"      -4.12"          83%
(DELF1)
SANFORD           20.44"        23.33"      -2.89"          88%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE        26.46"        21.38"       5.08"         124%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE       13.69"        19.25"      -5.56"          71%
(FPCF1)
STUART            15.52"        22.41"      -6.89"          69%
(STRF1)

FOR MORE LOCAL CLIMATE 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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WEITLICH



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