PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
426 PM EST MON MAR 3 2014

...WINTER 2013-2014 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

THE WINTER SEASON STARTED OUT WARM AND RELATIVELY DRY WITH THE NEW
YEAR BRINGING MUCH COOLER AND WETTER CONDITIONS INTO JANUARY.
FEBRUARY SAW A RETURN TO WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES WITH
RAINFALL GENERALLY NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL. DESPITE THE COOLER
WEATHER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON THE LONGER STRETCHES OF WARMER
CONDITIONS DURING EARLY AND LATE WINTER LED TO AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
THAT WERE ABOVE NORMAL. RAINFALL VARIED QUITE A BIT ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA THIS PAST SEASON BUT OVERALL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS
WERE NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL.

.TEMPERATURES...

COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES WERE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN DECEMBER AND ANY
COOLER WEATHER THAT DID OCCUR BEHIND FRONTS WAS SHORT LIVED AS LOW
LEVEL WINDS TURNED QUICKLY ONSHORE...MODIFYING TEMPERATURES. AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH WERE 5 TO 6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WITH THE
PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES OF DAYTONA BEACH, ORLANDO, MELBOURNE, AND VERO
BEACH RANKING IN THEIR TOP 5 WARMEST DECEMBERS ON RECORD. HOWEVER
THE NEW YEAR BROUGHT A SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE AS SEVERAL STRONG
COLD FRONTS MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL FLORIDA IN JANUARY. THESE FRONTS
GENERATED LONGER STRETCHES OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND A FEW
LIGHT FREEZES ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA. A LACK OF STRONG COLD
FRONTS IN FEBRUARY BROUGHT A RETURN OF WARMER WEATHER TO THE REGION
WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH ENDING UP TO 2 TO 4 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL.

OVERALL...AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE WINTER SEASON WERE AROUND 2
TO 3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.


AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR WINTER 2013-2014 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 61.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 64.1 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 65.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 66.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 2.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
9TH WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

.RAINFALL...

FEWER FRONTAL PASSAGES IN DECEMBER LED TO LOWER RAINFALL AMOUNTS
ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA WITH DEPARTURES GENERALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THE EXCEPTION WAS ALONG PORTIONS OF THE TREASURE COAST WHERE
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED ON THE 1ST...AND ONSHORE MOVING
SHOWER ACTIVITY WAS MORE FREQUENT DURING THE MONTH. NUMEROUS STRONG
FRONTAL PASSAGES IN JANUARY PRODUCED WIDESPREAD YET MODEST RAINFALL
AMOUNTS. HOWEVER HEAVIER RAINFALL EVENTS ALONG THE TREASURE COAST ON
THE 9TH AND ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA LATE IN THE MONTH HELPED PRODUCE
PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS THAT WERE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL IN JANUARY.
SHOWERS AND STORMS THAT ACCOMPANIED FRONTS MOVING INTO EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA DURING FEBRUARY GENERALLY DIMINISHED AS THEY MOVED INTO
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF THE REGION. THIS LED TO NEAR TO
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS AREAS NORTH OF ORLANDO AND SLIGHTLY
BELOW NORMAL AMOUNTS OVER MOST LOCATIONS TO THE SOUTH DURING THE
FINAL MONTH OF THE SEASON.

THE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL EVENTS IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY ALONG THE
TREASURE COAST CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO TOTALS THAT WERE UP TO 7
TO 12 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL ALONG THE COASTLINES OF ST. LUCIE AND
MARTIN COUNTIES THIS WINTER. THIS COMPARED TO AMOUNTS THAT WERE NEAR
NORMAL TO AN INCH OR TWO BELOW NORMAL FARTHER NORTH AND INLAND.

WINTER 2013-2014 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 8.27 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH
WAS 0.12 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 5.31 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS 2.00
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 9.21 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
1.84 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 9.14 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
1.78 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:

-FORT PIERCE WATER PLANT HAD THEIR WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD WITH A
TOTAL OF 19.53 INCHES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 17.23 INCHES DURING
THE WINTER OF 1902-1903. RAINFALL RECORDS AT THIS SITE GO BACK TO
1901.

-STUART HAD THEIR 5TH WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 15.77
INCHES. THE RECORD HOLDER FOR THIS SITE IS 19.65 INCHES SET IN THE
WINTER OF 1982-1983. RAINFALL RECORDS AT STUART GO BACK TO 1935.


BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR WINTER
2013-2014:

STATION     WINTER 2013-2014   30 YEAR      DEPARTURE    PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL       NORMAL      FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH     8.27"         8.15"        +0.12"         101%
(DAB)
ORLANDO           5.31"         7.31"        -2.00"          73%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE         9.21"         7.37"        +1.84"         125%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH        9.14"         7.36"        +1.78"         124%
(VRB)
CLERMONT          6.80"         8.41"        -1.61"          81%
(CLRF1)
LEESBURG          5.34"         8.14"        -2.80"          66%
(KLEE)
DELAND            8.49          8.82"        -0.33"          96%
(DELF1)
SANFORD           7.16"         8.30"        -1.14"          86%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE        7.99"         8.14"        -0.15"          98%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      14.87"         7.43"        +7.44"         200%
(KFPR)
FORT PIERCE      19.53"         7.57"       +11.96"         258%
(FPCF1)
STUART           15.77"         8.83"        +6.94"         179%
(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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