Winter 2013-14 Climate Summary for NE FL & SE GA

The month of February was very close to representing the entire winter as a whole with overall near normal temperatures and wetter than normal conditions across Northeast Florida and drier than normal conditions across Southeast Georgia. December 2013 kicked off a much warmer than normal start to the winter months along with several fronts that brought most of its precipitation to Northeast Florida including a severe weather event during the middle of the month that triggered an EF1 Tornado that touched down in Palm Coast the evening of December 14th. January 2014 was the total opposite as winter was felt full force as several Arctic outbreaks were felt across the southeast United States including a widespread hard freeze across all of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida on January 7th when widespread morning lows ranging from the teens to the lower to middle 20s. The arctic airmass outbreaks culminated in a light frozen precipitation event across Southeast Georgia and along the I-10 Corridor of Northeast Florida on January 29th, where light amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain were reported. February 2014 quickly transitioned into early springlike weather as highs in the lower to middle 80s were felt across all of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida during the first week of the month. The remainder of the month featured frontal boundaries with light to moderate precipitation amounts that would stall across Northeast Florida before weakening and this brought above normal precipitation to this region while Southeast Georgia continued its winter trend of below normal precipitation. Overall for the entire winter, average temperatures balanced out to near normal values, since the Warm December and Cold January canceled each other out. While the trend for frequent light to moderate precipitation events continued through the winter, most of the rainfall fell across Northeast Florida with lesser amounts across Southeast Georgia. This bears out in the fact that Alma, GA (AMG) reported 27 days with measurable preciptiation which is near normal, but ended up with only 6.35 inches of precipitation, 5 inches below normal! Most of this information will be presented in the rainfall graphics below, and since most of the rainfall this winter was of the light to moderate variety, there were not any significant river flooding problems.

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Winter 2013-2014 (December through February) Preciptiation (Observed & Percent of Normal) listed below show generally below normal rainfall amounts of 6-10 inches across Southeast Georgia with above normal amounts of 10 to 15 inches across Northeast Florida, and a small area of 15 to 20 inches across northern Marion County (about 200 percent or twice the winter average rainfall).

Jacksonville, FL (JAX): Current 90-Day Observed Precipitation Valid at 3/1/2014 1200 UTC - Created 3/1/14 17:53 UTC

Jacksonville, FL (JAX): Current 90-Day Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 3/1/2014 1200 UTC - Created 3/1/14 17:55 UTC

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February 2014 Precipitation Graphics (Observed & Percent of Normal) listed BELOW showing a clear distinction of above normal rainfall across NE Florida and below normal rainfall across SE Georgia. Widespread rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches across NE FL produced elevated river levels but no significant flooding.
Jacksonville, FL (JAX): February, 2014 Monthly Observed Precipitation Valid at 3/1/2014 1200 UTC - Created 3/1/14 15:37 UTC

Jacksonville, FL (JAX): February, 2014 Monthly Percent of Normal Precipitation Valid at 3/1/2014 1200 UTC - Created 3/1/14 15:39 UTC

The Spring 2014 outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is showing a greater chance of above normal temperatures and equal chances of above, below or near normal rainfall values.

Jason Hess - Climate Focal Point

jason.hess@noaa.gov



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