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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
835 PM EST MON DEC 1 2014

...FALL 2014 WAS COOLER THAN NORMAL WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL...

THE ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE THAT DOMINATED ACROSS CENTRAL
FLORIDA EARLY IN THE FALL GAVE WAY TO COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES THAT
BECAME STRONGER AS THE SEASON PROGRESSED. NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER WERE FOLLOWED BY A
SIGNIFICANTLY COOLER NOVEMBER. THIS LED TO SEASONAL AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES THAT WERE BELOW NORMAL TO WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THE
FALL. CONSIDERABLY WET PATTERNS IN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER WELL MADE
UP FOR THE DRIER CONDITIONS THAT DEVELOPED IN OCTOBER AND MOST AREAS
ENDED UP WITH RAINFALL THAT WAS NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL.


.TEMPERATURES...

WARMER CONDITIONS IN THE FIRST HALF OF SEPTEMBER WERE FOLLOWED BY
NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES LATER IN THE MONTH AS CLOUD COVER
AND RAINFALL INCREASED DUE TO A STALLED FRONT OVER THE REGION. INTO
OCTOBER COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES PICKED UP IN FREQUENCY BUT REMAINED ON
THE WEAKER SIDE. HOWEVER THIS CHANGED CONSIDERABLY IN NOVEMBER AS
BROAD TROUGHING SET UP ACROSS THE EASTERN U.S. AND ENABLED SEVERAL
STRONG FRONTS TO USHER IN COLDER WEATHER ACROSS THE AREA.

THE COLDER CONDITIONS IN NOVEMBER EASILY TIPPED THE SCALE TOWARD
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON AND AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES ENDED UP AROUND A DEGREE BELOW NORMAL AT MOST
LOCATIONS. THE ONE EXCEPTION WAS VERO BEACH WHICH FOR ALL THREE
MONTHS OF THE FALL CAME IN EXCEPTIONALLY COOLER THAN THE OTHER
PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES. EACH MONTH VERO BEACH RANKED IN ITS TOP 10
COOLEST...FROM THE THIRD LOWEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN SEPTEMBER TO
THE FOURTH LOWEST IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. THIS RESULTED IN AN
AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE FOR VERO BEACH THAT WAS THE COOLEST ON
RECORD.


AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR FALL 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 72.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 73.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 1.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 74.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OF 72.5 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 3.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE
COOLEST FALL ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD
OF 72.8 SET IN 1968 (RECORDS FOR VERO BEACH GO BACK TO 1942).

.RAINFALL...

DESPITE THE ABSENCE OF TROPICAL CYCLONE ACTIVITY...RAINFALL INTO
THE FALL WAS QUITE ABUNDANT IN THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE SEASON.
A STALLED FRONTAL BOUNDARY LED TO SEVERAL DAYS OF WIDESPREAD AND AT
TIMES HEAVY PRECIPITATION IN THE LATTER HALF OF SEPTEMBER. THIS
SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTED TO RAINFALL TOTALS THAT AVERAGED 3 TO 5
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. THE WATER FAUCET THEN SEEMINGLY
TURNED OFF IN OCTOBER AS DRIER AIR THAT MOVED IN BEHIND PASSING WEAK
COLD FRONTS PREVAILED. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS ENDED UP AROUND 2 TO 3
INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE AREA. A WETTER PATTERN THEN
RETURNED INTO NOVEMBER WITH WIDESPREAD RAINFALL OCCURRING WITH
STALLED OR PASSING FRONTS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER
MUCH OF THE RAIN FELL ON THE 25TH AND 26TH FROM VERY HEAVY RAINFALL
INLAND AND NORTH OF THE TREASURE COAST. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS UP TO 5
TO 9 INCHES GENERALLY OCCURRED NORTH AND WEST OF MELBOURNE.

THE FLUCTUATION BETWEEN WET AND DRY THIS FALL WAS THE MOST EXTREME
FOR DAYTONA BEACH. AFTER A RECORD WET SEPTEMBER WITH A TOTAL OF
18.15 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT THE AIRPORT...ONLY 0.58 INCHES OF
RAIN FELL THE FOLLOWING MONTH...RANKING THIS PAST OCTOBER AS THEIR
FOURTH DRIEST. THEN THE HEAVY RAINFALL LATE IN NOVEMBER LARGELY MADE
UP THEIR RAINFALL TOTAL OF 9.09 INCHES FOR THE MONTH WHICH WENT DOWN
AS THEIR 4TH WETTEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD. ALTOGETHER AT DAYTONA BEACH
27.82 INCHES OF RAIN WAS OBSERVED AND THIS RANKED AS THEIR 2ND
HIGHEST FALL RAINFALL TOTAL ON RECORD.

FOR THE REST OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA OVERALL RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE
SEASON WERE GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL...RECEIVING BETWEEN 100 TO 200
PERCENT OF THEIR NORMAL VALUES.


FALL 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 27.82 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH
WAS 13.96 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND WETTEST FALL ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE WHICH IS STILL SEVERAL INCHES SHY OF THE RECORD
OF 39.22 INCHES SET BACK IN 1924 (RECORDS FOR DAYTONA BEACH GO BACK
TO 1923).

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 15.97 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
4.43 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 17.43 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
1.85 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 17.37 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE SEASON, WHICH WAS
2.39 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:

-CLERMONT HAD THEIR 4TH WETTEST FALL ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 18.47
INCHES OF RAINFALL.

-SANFORD HAD THEIR 8TH WETTEST FALL ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 27.21
INCHES OF RAINFALL.

-TITUSVILLE HAD THEIR 4TH WETTEST FALL ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF
27.21 INCHES OF RAINFALL.


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

STATION        FALL 2014       30 YEAR      DEPARTURE    PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL       NORMAL      FROM NORMAL     NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH    27.82"         13.86"       +13.96"        201%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          15.97"         11.54"        +4.43"        138%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        17.43"         15.58"        +1.85"        112%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       17.37"         14.98"        +2.39"        116%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         18.47"          9.75"        +8.72"        189%
(CLRF1)
LEESBURG         16.50"         11.13"        +5.37"        148%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           12.14"         14.34"        -2.20"         85%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          18.91"         11.95"        +6.96"        158%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       27.21"         14.73"       +12.48"        185%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      16.30"         15.44"        +0.86"        106%
(KFPR)
STUART           15.46"         19.05"        -3.59"         81%
(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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