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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1107 AM EDT TUE APR 1 2014

...MARCH 2014 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA...

COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES INTO MARCH BROUGHT A FEW BRIEF COOL DOWNS
ACROSS THE REGION. HOWEVER TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH RANGED
FROM NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. SUFFICIENT MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY
ACCOMPANIED THESE BOUNDARIES TO GENERATE BANDS OF SHOWERS AND STORMS
THAT BROUGHT WIDESPREAD RAINFALL TO THE AREA. PRECIPITATION WAS
GREATEST ACROSS NORTHERN SECTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA AS
CONVECTIVE BANDS MOVED INTO THE AREA...BUT MOST GRADUALLY WEAKENED
AS THEY MOVED SOUTHWARD. THIS LED TO NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL
FROM KISSIMMEE TO EXTREME NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY NORTHWARD AND
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL FARTHER SOUTH.

.TEMPERATURES...

TEMPERATURES STARTED OFF NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL IN MARCH WITH A WEAK
FRONT MOVING INTO THE AREA ON THE 4TH AND LINGERING ACROSS THE STATE
THROUGH THE 6TH. ONCE THIS BOUNDARY FINALLY SHIFTED SOUTH A COOLER
AIRMASS BUILT IN...PRODUCING TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES AROUND 5 TO 10
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON THE 7TH. ONSHORE FLOW THEN QUICKLY LED TO A
REBOUND IN TEMPERATURES BEFORE ANOTHER COLD FRONT ON THE 13TH
USHERED IN ANOTHER BRIEF ROUND OF COOLER WEATHER. DURING THE LATTER
HALF OF THE MONTH...NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES DOMINATED WITH
HIGHS IN THE 70S AND 80S AND OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE 50S AND 60S. THE
MAIN EXCEPTION WAS WITH A STRONGER FRONTAL PASSAGE LATE IN THE MONTH
THAT PRODUCED MUCH COOLER WEATHER ON THE 26TH. HIGH TEMPERATURES
WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL THAT DAY WITH MOST CLIMATE SITES BREAKING
THEIR RECORD COOL HIGHS...WHICH INTERESTINGLY HAD JUST BEEN SET THE
YEAR BEFORE.

SINCE THE PERIODS OF COOLER WEATHER DURING THE MONTH WERE LIMITED...
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ENDED UP NEAR TO JUST SLIGHTLY ABOVE
NORMAL.

DAILY RECORD TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-MARCH 26: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 56 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
61 SET IN 2013.

MELBOURNE:
-MARCH 17: RECORD WARM LOW OF 70 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 69
SET IN 1946 AND 1945.
-MARCH 26: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 61 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
64 SET IN 2013.

VERO BEACH:
-MARCH 26: RECORD COOL HIGH OF 62 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS
66 SET IN 2013.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR MARCH 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 MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 64.1 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 67.0 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 66.8 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 67.8 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

.RAINFALL...

A FRONT MOVED INTO THE AREA ON THE 4TH AND STALLED ACROSS THE STATE.
A LARGE CONVECTIVE BAND OVER THE EASTERN GULF...AHEAD OF A
DEVELOPING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE ALONG THIS BOUNDARY...MOVED ONSHORE
THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA ON THE 6TH. THIS ACTIVITY PRODUCED A FEW
STRONGER STORMS WITH RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE MAJORITY OF THE REGION
GENERALLY AROUND A QUARTER TO A HALF AN INCH. DRIER CONDITIONS THEN
PERSISTED BEFORE SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED STORMS GENERATED
LOWER RAINFALL AMOUNTS AHEAD OF A FRONTAL PASSAGE ON THE 12TH. MORE
SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION OCCURRED WITH A LARGE RAIN BAND AND
EMBEDDED STORMS THAT MOVED INTO THE REGION ON THE 17TH. RAINFALL
TOTALS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES OCCURRED NORTH AND WEST OF A LINE FROM
LAKE KISSIMMEE TO THE CAPE WITH CONSIDERABLY LOWER AMOUNTS FARTHER
SOUTH AS THE RAIN BAND WEAKENED. A PASSING DISTURBANCE ALOFT AND
INCREASING MOISTURE AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT BROUGHT THE LAST BOUTS OF
HEAVIER RAINFALL TO THE REGION LATE IN THE MONTH. AN INITIAL BAND
OF SHOWERS AND STORMS MOVED INTO THE AREA SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT ON
THE 29TH. HOWEVER ANOTHER ROUND OF STRONGER CONVECTION MOVED THROUGH
THE REGION DURING THE LATE MORNING TO AFTERNOON WITH DAMAGING WINDS
AND AN EF-0 TORNADO (WINDS UP TO 65-75 MPH) OCCURRING ACROSS
SOUTHERN ORANGE COUNTY. GREATER RAINFALL AMOUNTS WITH THIS
ACTIVITY...ESPECIALLY WITH THE FIRST BAND OF CONVECTION...ALSO FELL
OVER NORTHERN AREAS.

THE WEAKENING OF CONVECTIVE SYSTEMS LED TO A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE IN
RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS THE REGION FOR THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION
TOTALS OVER NORTHERN PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA ENDED UP NEAR
TO AROUND AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL WITH DEFICITS AS HIGH AS 1 TO 3
INCHES BELOW NORMAL OCCURRING ACROSS BREVARD COUNTY...OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY AND THE TREASURE COAST.

DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS FOR THE MONTH:

DAYTONA BEACH:
-MARCH 29: RECORD RAINFALL OF 1.48 INCHES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 1.20
INCHES SET BACK IN 2001.

MARCH 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 4.72 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
0.48 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 4.52 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS 0.75
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 2.02 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
1.26 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 1.95 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH, WHICH WAS
2.17 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH    4.72"          4.24"        +0.48"         111%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          4.52"          3.77"        +0.75"         120%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        2.02"          3.28"        -1.26"          62%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       1.95"          4.12"        -2.17"          47%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         5.10"          4.01"        +1.09"         127%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           4.39"          4.30"        +0.09"         102%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          4.56"          3.90"        +0.66"         117%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       2.31"          3.92"        -1.61"          59%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      1.76"          3.74"        -1.98"          47%
(FPR)
STUART           1.82"          5.00"        -3.18"          36%
(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.

$$

WEITLICH




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