PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
626 AM EST SUN MAR 3 2013

...THE 2012-2013 WINTER SEASON WAS IN THE TOP 10 WARMEST ON RECORD
FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA AND WAS ALSO MUCH DRIER THAN NORMAL...

SEVERAL COLD FRONTS MOVED THROUGH THE AREA THIS WINTER WITH A FEW
COLD SNAPS OCCURRING. HOWEVER THESE WERE RELATIVELY SHORT-LIVED WITH
LONGER STRETCHES OF NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES PERSISTING
THIS SEASON. ALSO, PRECIPITATION WAS GENERALLY LACKING WITH MANY OF
THE FRONTS WITH ONLY A FEW PERIODS OF HEAVIER RAINFALL. THIS LED TO
MUCH WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS THIS SEASON.

.TEMPERATURES...

TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER STAYED GENERALLY
ABOVE NORMAL WITH ONLY A FEW BRIEF COLDER PERIODS LATER IN THE
MONTH. WARMER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS WERE EVEN MORE EXTREME INTO
JANUARY WITH AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES EXCEEDING THOSE OF
DECEMBER. THIS JANUARY WAS ONE OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD WITH DAYTONA
BEACH, MELBOURNE, AND VERO BEACH RANKING IN THE TOP 10. NEAR TO
ABOVE NORMAL WARMTH GENERALLY CONTINUED INTO FEBRUARY WITH SOME OF
THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURES THIS SEASON OCCURRING LATE IN THE MONTH.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES FOR THE SEASON WERE ROUGHLY BETWEEN 3
TO 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND RANKED THIS PAST WINTER IN THE TOP 10
WARMEST ON RECORD.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR WINTER 2012-2013 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 SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 63.1 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES THE WINTER
OF 2007-2008 AS THE 8TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 65.4 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
8TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 65.9 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
5TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 66.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
7TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...

MOISTURE INCREASED AHEAD OF A FRONT THAT MOVED INTO THE AREA AND
BRIEFLY STALLED IN THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER. THIS GENERATED MORE
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS DURING THIS PERIOD WHICH MADE UP THE
MAJORITY OF PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH. RAINFALL WAS THEN GENERALLY
LACKING WITH THE MAJORITY OF FRONTS THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA INTO
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY PRODUCING LITTLE TO NO PRECIPITATION. THIS
RESULTED IN BOTH MONTHS HAVING WELL BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE OVERALL DRIER CONDITIONS THIS SEASON LED TO RAINFALL DEPARTURES
AROUND 2 TO 5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL OR AMOUNTS AROUND 40 TO 60 PERCENT
OF NORMAL.

WINTER 2012-2013 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 3.87 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH
WAS 4.28 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 2.19 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS 5.12
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 6TH DRIEST WINTER ON RECORD
FOR THIS SITE.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 4.80 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
2.57 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 6.06 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
1.30 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:

-CLERMONT RECEIVED 4.32 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
THEIR 10TH DRIEST WINTER ON RECORD.

-SANFORD RECEIVED 3.90 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
THEIR 8TH DRIEST WINTER ON RECORD.


BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR WINTER
2012-2013:

STATION     WINTER 2012-2013   30 YEAR      DEPARTURE    PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL       NORMAL      FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH    3.87"          8.15"        -4.28"          47%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          2.19"          7.31"        -5.12"          30%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        4.80"          7.37"        -2.57"          65%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       6.06"          7.36"        -1.30"          82%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         4.32"          8.41"        -4.09"          51%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           5.60"          8.82"        -3.22"          63%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          3.90"          8.30"        -4.40"          47%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       4.88"          8.14"        -3.26"          60%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      5.72"          7.57"        -1.85"          76%
(FPCF1)
STUART           9.24"          8.83"        +0.41"         105%
(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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WEITLICH

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