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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
428 PM EST WED FEB 1 2017

...January 2017 was Warmer and Drier Than Normal Across East Central
Florida...

A few cold frontal passages occurred across the area during January,
ushering in some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter
season. However these cool downs were limited and brief, with much
of the rest of the month remaining warmer than normal, especially
through the middle of the month. A couple bands of showers and
storms, and a large area of light to moderate rain at the end of the
month produced much of the precipitation in January. Still, monthly
rainfall totals were below normal for many locations.


Temperatures...

Temperatures started out much warmer than normal into the first few
days of the new year, with highs in the 80s. On the 3rd of the
month, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Melbourne and Vero Beach all tied or
broke their record highs for the day. A weak front that shifted
across central Florida on the 4th only dropped temperatures
slightly. However it was behind a stronger cold front that moved
through on the 7th, that led to some of the coldest temperatures so
far this season. This was especially true from the Orlando area
northward, where temperatures dropped as low as the low to mid 30s
early on the 8th.

Warmer than normal temperatures quickly returned after this brief
cold spell and persisted through the much of the rest of January as
a more dominant ridge aloft limited additional frontal passages.
Below normal temperatures then returned into late month, behind a
cold front on the 27th, and a reinforcing boundary on the 30th.
Areas south of Orlando on the morning of the 31st saw temperatures
plummet into the low to mid 30s, which were some of the coldest
values so far this winter across this part of the region.

Since the periods of well below normal temperatures were quite brief
and warmer conditions prevailed, average temperature departures for
January ended up around 3 to 4 degrees above normal for much of the
area. However, none of the primary climate sites ranked in the top
ten warmest.


Daily Record Temperatures for the Month:

Daytona Beach:
-January 3rd: Tied record high of 83 degrees last set in 2015. Also,
set record warm low of 69 degrees. Previous record was 68 degrees
last set in 1993.
-January 22nd: Record high of 85 degrees. Previous record was 83
degrees last set in 1937.

Orlando:
-January 3rd: Tied record high of 86 degrees last set in 1967. Also,
tied record warm low of 67 degrees last set in 2015.

Melbourne:
-January 3rd: Tied record high of 86 degrees last set in 1967.
-January 22nd: Record high of 87 degrees. Previous record was 86
degrees last set in 2007.

Vero Beach:
-January 3rd: Record high of 86 degrees. Previous record was 83 last
set in 2006.
-January 22nd: Record high of 87 degrees. Previous record was 86
degrees last set in 2007.


Average temperature values for January 2017 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 62.5 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 4.6 degrees above normal.

-Orlando had a monthly average temperature of 64.6 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 4.4 degrees above normal.

-Melbourne had a monthly average temperature of 64.0 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 3.7 degrees above normal.

-Vero Beach had a monthly average temperature of 65.1 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 3.0 degrees above normal.


.Rainfall...

Fronts early in January produced precipitation across the area,
especially late on the 6th through the 7th when a band of showers and
isolated storms generated totals up to 1 to 2 inches from Orlando
northward. Drier than normal conditions then generally prevailed
through the middle of the month, with rainfall mostly limited to
isolated onshore moving light showers.

A fast moving squall line ahead of a cold front then moved through
the area on the evening of the 22nd through the early morning of the
23rd. This band of showers and storms produced widespread half inch,
to locally heavier 1 to 2 inch rainfall amounts, as well as strong
wind gusts and hail across east central Florida. A band of light to
moderate rain also moved across the area at the end of the month, but
only produced totals that averaged around a quarter of an inch.

Despite these periods of rainfall, monthly precipitation totals were
still below normal, around 75 percent or less of normal for many
locations.


January 2017 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 1.98 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.76 inches below normal.

-Orlando received 1.98 inches of rain for the month, which was 0.37
inches below normal.

-Melbourne received 1.46 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.81 inches below normal.

-Vero Beach received 0.73 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.77 inches below normal.


Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for January
2017:

Station       January 2017      Normal      Departure    Percent of
                Rainfall       Rainfall    From Normal     Normal

Daytona Beach     1.98"          2.74"       -0.76"          72%
(DAB)
Orlando           1.98"          2.35"       -0.37"          84%
(MCO)
Melbourne         1.46"          2.27"       -0.81"          64%
(MLB)
Vero Beach        0.73"          2.50"       -1.77"          29%
(VRB)
Clermont          1.98"          2.91"       -0.93"          68%
(CLRF1)
Leesburg          3.10"          2.74"       +0.36"         113%
(LEE)
DeLand            2.23"          3.04"       -0.81"          73%
(DELF1)
Sanford           3.16"          2.86"       +0.30"         110%
(SFNF1)
Titusville        2.52"          2.75"       -0.23"          92%
(TITF1)
Fort Pierce       0.83"          2.35"       -1.52"          35%
(FPCF1)
Stuart            1.14"          2.59"       -1.45"          44%
(STRF1)

For more local climate information, please visit our web page at
http://weather.gov/mlb and click on the "Climate" icon toward the
bottom of the page.

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