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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
320 PM EST MON FEB 1 2016

...RAINFALL WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
DURING JANUARY 2016...

STRONG EL NINO CONDITIONS OVER THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC HELPED ENHANCE
AND EXTEND THE SUBTROPICAL JET STREAM OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO AND
FLORIDA IN JANUARY. THIS RESULTED IN A MORE ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN
WITH SEVERAL STORM SYSTEMS AND COLD FRONTS MOVING THROUGH THE
REGION. PRECIPITATION WITH THE BANDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS THAT
CROSSED THE AREA WAS TYPICALLY WIDESPREAD AND HEAVY AT TIMES WITH
RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH WELL ABOVE NORMAL...RANKING THIS JANUARY AS
ONE OF THE WETTEST ON RECORD.

A COUPLE COLD FRONTS PRODUCED SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER WEATHER DURING
THE MONTH WITH TEMPERATURES FALLING NEAR TO BELOW FREEZING ACROSS
PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA BEHIND THESE BOUNDARIES.
HOWEVER...THESE PERIODS OF WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE
GENERALLY SHORT-LIVED AND CONDITIONS IN JANUARY WERE NEAR TO
SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL OVERALL.


.TEMPERATURES...

WELL ABOVE NORMAL WARMTH THAT PERSISTED THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER
CONTINUED INTO NEW YEAR`S DAY BEFORE A COLD FRONT PUSHED THROUGH
CENTRAL FLORIDA. THIS FRONT PRODUCED A 10 TO 15 DEGREE DROP IN
TEMPERATURES OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD WITH HIGHS RANGING FROM THE LOW
TO MID 80S ON THE 1ST TO UPPER 60S TO LOW 70S ON THE 2ND (VALUES
MORE TYPICAL FOR EARLY JANUARY). TEMPERATURES CONTINUED TO COOL INTO
THE 3RD AS CLOUDY AND RAINY CONDITIONS OCCURRED NORTH OF THE
FRONT...THEN A PERIOD OF SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS
FOLLOWED.

LOW PRESSURE LIFTING NORTHEAST FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO THEN DRAGGED
A COLD FRONT ACROSS THE REGION EARLY ON 10TH AND LED TO TEMPERATURES
THAT WERE 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR A FEW DAYS BEHIND THE
BOUNDARY. ADDITIONAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS DEVELOPED OVER THE GULF
DURING THE REST OF JANUARY AND TRANSPORTED COLD FRONTS ACROSS THE
REGION AS THEY BUILT EAST TO NORTHEAST. A COUPLE OF THESE FRONTS
BROUGHT MORE SIGNIFICANT COOL DOWNS TO THE AREA WITH DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FALLING TO 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THE 18TH TO
20TH AND AGAIN ON THE 23RD TO 25TH. FREEZING TEMPERATURES OCCURRED
FOR SOME LOCATIONS MAINLY NORTH AND WEST OF ORLANDO DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS OF THE 20TH...24TH AND 25TH.

DUE TO THE LIMITED DURATION OF COLDER WEATHER ACROSS THE AREA...
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES FOR THE MONTH ENDED UP NEAR TO JUST
SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL...RANGING FROM 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
AT MELBOURNE TO 1.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AT ORLANDO.


DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-JANUARY 1ST: TIED RECORD WARM LOW OF 66 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2007.

MELBOURNE:
-JANUARY 1ST: TIED RECORD HIGH OF 84 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1974. ALSO
TIED WARM LOW OF 69 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1985.


AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR JANUARY 2016 AT THE FOUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ARE AS FOLLOWS (RANKINGS
PROVIDED IF IN THE TOP 10):

-DAYTONA BEACH HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 57.4 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 59.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 60.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 61.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.


.RAINFALL...

A COLD FRONT CROSSED THE REGION EARLY IN JANUARY WITH AREAS OF LIGHT
TO MODERATE RAIN DEVELOPING NORTH OF THE BOUNDARY AND PUSHING
EASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA ON THE 3RD. ANY RAINFALL THAT
FOLLOWED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS WAS GENERALLY LIMITED AND LIGHT.
A WEAKENING BAND OF SHOWERS AND STORMS WELL AHEAD OF A LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM AND ACCOMPANYING COLD FRONT OVER THE GULF THEN MOVED INTO THE
AREA ON THE EVENING OF THE 9TH. THIS BAND OF PRECIPITATION PRODUCED
MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AMOUNTS SOUTH OF LAKE AND VOLUSIA
COUNTIES.

INTO MID TO LATE MONTH ADDITIONAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS DEVELOPED
OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO AND LIFTED EAST TO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE
SOUTHEAST U.S. AND FLORIDA. BANDS OF SHOWERS AND EMBEDDED STORMS
PRECEDED THESE SYSTEMS ON THE 15TH...17TH AND 22ND PRODUCING
WIDESPREAD RAINFALL...HEAVY AT TIMES...AS WELL AS ISOLATED SEVERE
WEATHER ACROSS THE REGION. MOST NOTABLE WAS AN EF-1 TORNADO WITH
ESTIMATED WINDS UP TO 90 MPH THAT TOUCHED DOWN NEAR HOBE SOUND EARLY
ON THE 17TH AND PRODUCED DAMAGE TO HOMES AND VEHICLES IN THE AREA.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL EVENT THIS MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 27TH
THROUGH THE 28TH AS SEVERAL ROUNDS OF WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY
RAINFALL CROSSED THE STATE AHEAD OF AND ALONG A SLOW SOUTHWARD
MOVING COLD FRONT. MUCH OF THE AREA RECEIVED AT LEAST 2 TO 3 INCHES
OVER THIS TWO DAY PERIOD WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 4 TO 5
INCHES ALONG THE TREASURE COAST.

THE NUMEROUS BANDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS PRODUCED END OF THE MONTH
PRECIPITATION TOTALS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES OVER MUCH OF THE AREA WITH
AMOUNTS UP TO 10 TO 12 INCHES ACROSS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AND THE
TREASURE COAST. THESE VALUES RANGED BETWEEN 200 TO 400 PERCENT OF
NORMAL FOR JANUARY. ALL OF THE PRIMARY AND COOPERATIVE OBSERVER
CLIMATE SITES HAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS THAT RANKED THIS JANUARY IN THE
TOP 10 WETTEST...WITH A MAJORITY IN THE TOP 3 WETTEST (SEE RANKINGS
BELOW).


DAILY RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-JANUARY 17TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.45 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
1.28 INCHES SET IN 1964.
-JANUARY 27TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.37 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
1.72 INCHES SET IN 1937.

ORLANDO:
-JANUARY 27TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.74 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
1.13 INCHES SET IN 1903.

MELBOURNE:
-JANUARY 6TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.59 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.73 INCHES SET IN 2000.
-JANUARY 15TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.21 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
1.51 INCHES SET IN 1970.
-JANUARY 17TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.87 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.66 SET IN 2008.
-JANUARY 27TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.12 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.59 INCHES SET IN 1993.

VERO BEACH:
-JANUARY 17TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.35 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
0.22 SET IN 1963.
-JANUARY 27TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.25 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
2.11 INCHES SET IN 1993.
-JANUARY 28TH: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.67 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
1.07 INCHES SET IN 1990.


JANUARY 2016 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 7.05 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
4.31 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 3RD WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR DAYTONA
BEACH IS 7.16 INCHES SET IN 1986. RECORDS FOR THIS SITE GO BACK TO
1923.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 5.65 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 3.30
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 10TH WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR ORLANDO IS
8.54 INCHES SET IN 1912. RECORDS FOR THIS SITE GO BACK TO 1892.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 7.83 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
5.56 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR MELBOURNE IS
8.17 INCHES SET IN 1979. RECORDS FOR THIS SITE GO BACK TO 1937.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 9.39 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
6.89 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 9.08 INCHES
SET IN 1957. RECORDS FOR THIS SITE GO BACK TO 1942.


COOPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:
-CLERMONT HAD 7.57 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH WHICH RANKS AS THEIR
2ND WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR
CLERMONT IS 9.41 INCHES SET IN 1986 WITH RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1948.
-DELAND HAD 7.78 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH WHICH TIES 1986 AS
THEIR WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. RECORDS FOR THIS SITE GO BACK TO
1908.
-SANFORD HAD 6.09 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH WHICH RANKS AS THEIR
2ND WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR
SANFORD IS 6.68 INCHES SET IN 1964 WITH RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1948.
-TITUSVILLE HAD 6.89 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH WHICH RANKS AS
THEIR 3RD WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD
FOR TITUSVILLE IS 8.83 INCHES SET IN 1912 WITH RECORDS GOING BACK TO
1901.
-FORT PIERCE HAD 11.56 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH WHICH RANKS AS
THEIR 2ND WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD
FOR FORT PIERCE IS 13.56 INCHES SET IN 2014 WITH RECORDS GOING BACK
TO 1901.
-STUART HAD 9.45 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH WHICH RANKS AS THEIR
4TH WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD FOR
STUART IS 11.44 INCHES SET IN 1993 WITH RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1935.


BELOW IS A LIST OF OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND RAINFALL
STATISTICS FOR SELECT SITES ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR JANUARY
2016:

STATION       JANUARY 2016     NORMAL      DEPARTURE     PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL       RAINFALL    FROM NORMAL      NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH     7.05"          2.74"        +4.31"         257%
(DAB)
ORLANDO           5.65"          2.35"        +3.30"         240%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE         7.83"          2.27"        +5.56"         345%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH        9.39"          2.50"        +6.89"         376%
(VRB)
CLERMONT          7.57"          2.91"        +4.66"         260%
(CLRF1)
LEESBURG          4.71"          2.74"        +1.97"         172%
(LEE)
DELAND            7.78"          3.04"        +4.74"         256%
(DELF1)
SANFORD           6.09"          2.86"        +3.23"         213%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE        6.89"          2.75"        +4.14"         251%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      11.56"          2.35"        +9.21"         492%
(FPCF1)
STUART            9.45"          2.59"        +6.86"         365%
(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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