Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Melbourne, FL
NOUS42 KMLB 021803
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
103 PM EST Fri Dec 2 2016
...Fall 2016 Climate Summary for East Central Florida...
A couple stronger cold frontal passages occurred across central
Florida in the mid to late Fall. However any significantly cooler
weather that was ushered in behind these boundaries was very brief.
This allowed warmer than normal to temperatures to dominant through
much of the season. Scattered showers and storms in September and
rainfall from Major Hurricane Matthew early in October produced much
of the rainfall for the Fall, with conditions becoming considerably
drier into the latter half of October and through November. Still,
healthier rainfall early in the season led to amounts that were near
to above normal over much of the region for the Fall, with the
notable exception of the Treasure Coast where precipitation was
lower than normal.
Increased cloudiness and rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Hermine and
a lingering frontal boundary kept temperatures close to normal early
in September, but warmer than normal conditions then developed and
persisted through the rest of the month. Above normal temperatures
continued into much of October, with only a brief period of cooler
weather following a strong cold frontal passage on the 21st. A
longer stretch of near to cooler than normal temperatures occurred
in mid November from a few cold fronts that moved through the
region. The coolest temperatures of the season, with lows falling
into the 40s over much of the area, followed a cold front on the
21st and 22nd of the month. Despite this cooler period, warmer than
normal conditions early and late in the month led to average
temperatures values for November that were closer to normal.
Average temperature values for the season ended up around a degree
above normal, due to the longer stretches of warmer weather this
Fall. These values ranged from 0.7 degrees warmer than normal at
Vero Beach and up to 1.2 degrees above normal at Melbourne.
Average temperature values for Fall 2016 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 temperature for the season of 74.4
degrees Fahrenheit, which was 1.0 degree above normal.
-Orlando had an average temperature for the season of 75.8 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.8 degrees above normal. This ties 2004,
1972, 1960, 1948 and 1921 as the 10th warmest Fall on record for
this site. Records for this site go back to 1892.
-Melbourne had an average temperature for the season of 76.4 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 1.2 degrees above normal. This ranks as the
the 8th warmest Fall on record for this site. Records for this site
go back to 1937.
-Vero Beach had an average temperature for the season of 76.5
degrees Fahrenheit, which was 0.7 degrees above normal. This ties
1993 and 1988 as the 10th warmest Fall on record for this site.
Records for this site go back to 1942.
Rainfall started out near to above normal early in the season from
the outer rainbands from Hermine and from deeper moisture associated
with a lingering frontal boundary behind this system. Additional
increases in precipitation occurred from rainbands from Tropical
Storm Julia mid month and scattered sea breeze generated afternoon
showers and storms into late September. Rainfall was near to above
normal over much of east central Florida, but along the Treasure
Coast it was drier than normal.
The center of Major Hurricane Matthew that approached the area early
in October stayed just offshore as it lifted northward and produced
much of the rainfall for the month. Persistent rain bands from this
system produced totals up to 7 to 9 inches across Volusia and
Seminole Counties from the 6th and 7th of October, with 2 to 4
inches common elsewhere across the area. Precipitation then into
late October and through November was typically limited to isolated
to scattered showers from periods of onshore flow or passing frontal
boundaries. However much of this activity was limited and light
across the area. Precipitation in November was only around 10
percent of normal or less, ranking the last month of Fall as one of
the driest on record.
Despite the drier weather in the latter half of the season, rainfall
totals for the Fall were generally near to above normal for most
sites, except along much of the Treasure Coast. Stuart and Vero
Beach ranked 3rd and 10th driest on record, respectively for the
Fall 2016 rainfall totals for the four primary climate sites
across east central Florida are as follows (ranking provided if in
the top 10):
-Daytona Beach received 16.31 inches of rain for the season, which
was 2.45 inches above normal.
-Orlando received 10.09 inches of rain for the season, which was
1.45 inches below normal.
-Melbourne received 20.76 inches of rain for the season, which was
5.18 inches above normal.
-Vero Beach received 9.73 inches of rain for the season, which was
5.25 inches below normal. This ranks as the 10th driest Fall on
record for this site. Records for this site go back to 1942.
Cooperative Observer Station Rainfall Rankings:
-Stuart (STRF1) received 8.29 inches of rain this season, which
ranks as the 3rd driest Fall on record for this site. Records for
this site go back to 1935.
Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for Fall
Station Fall 2016 Normal Departure Percent of
Rainfall Rainfall From Normal Normal
Daytona Beach 16.31" 13.86" +2.45" 118%
Orlando 10.09" 11.54" -1.45" 87%
Melbourne 20.76" 15.58" +5.18" 133%
Vero Beach 9.73" 14.98" -5.25" 65%
Clermont 13.67" 9.75" +3.92" 140%
Leesburg 11.35" 11.13" +0.22" 102%
DeLand 13.52" 14.34" -0.82" 94%
Sanford 13.17" 11.95" +1.22" 110%
Titusville 19.93" 12.48" +7.45" 160%
Fort Pierce 12.65" 16.69" -4.04" 76%
Stuart 8.29" 19.05" -10.76" 44%
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