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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
452 PM EST FRI JAN 2 2015

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

DESPITE A COLDER START TO 2014 AND A OVERALL COOLER FALL...AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES THROUGH MUCH OF THE YEAR WERE GENERALLY NEAR TO ABOVE
NORMAL. WIDESPREAD AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IN JANUARY BECAME MORE
VARIABLE ACROSS THE REGION INTO THE REST OF THE WINTER AND SPRING.
SOME DRIER STRETCHES OCCURRED IN THE SUMMER AND FALL...BUT MORE
SUBSTANTIAL RAINFALL TOTALS DURING JULY...SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER
HELPED CATAPULT PRECIPITATION TOTALS TO NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE
YEAR OVER MUCH OF THE REGION. ALL OF WHICH IS INTERESTING GIVEN THE
FACT THAT IT WAS ANOTHER QUIET HURRICANE SEASON FOR FLORIDA.


2014 YEAR IN REVIEW...

JANUARY-FEBRUARY...
NUMEROUS STRONG COLD FRONTS PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION IN JANUARY...
LEADING TO LONGER STRETCHES OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND A FEW
LIGHT FREEZES. A CHILLY AIRMASS THAT MOVED INTO THE AREA ON THE 7TH
PRODUCED NOT ONLY THE COLDEST DAY IN JANUARY BUT ALSO THE COLDEST
DAY OF THE YEAR AS HIGHS DID NOT CLIMB OUT OF THE 40S FOR MOST
LOCATIONS. THE ONLY INSTANCES OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN 2014 AT
THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES OCCURRED IN JANUARY...ON THE 7TH AT
DAYTONA BEACH AND ON THE 19TH AT ORLANDO...MELBOURNE AND VERO BEACH.
RAINFALL IN JANUARY WAS NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL WITH THE MAJORITY OF
PRECIPITATION FALLING DURING A LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL EVENT ALONG
THE TREASURE COAST ON THE 9TH AND MORE WIDESPREAD HIGHER RAINFALL
AMOUNTS AT THE END OF THE MONTH. THE FORMER EVENT PRODUCED
SIGNIFICANT STREET FLOODING AS LOCALIZED TOTALS UP TO 10 TO 12
INCHES INUNDATED COASTAL SECTIONS OF ST. LUCIE AND MARTIN COUNTIES.
MELBOURNE HAD THEIR 3RD WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD AND VERO BEACH HAD
THEIR 9TH WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

THE WEATHER PATTERN CHANGED INTO FEBRUARY AS COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES
WERE NOT AS STRONG AND PRECIPITATION ASSOCIATED WITH THESE
BOUNDARIES OFTEN DISSIPATED AS THEY MOVED INTO THE REGION. AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH ENDED UP 2 TO 4 DEGREES WARMER THAN
NORMAL AND RAINFALL RANGED FROM NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL FROM ORLANDO
NORTHWARD AND GENERALLY BELOW NORMAL FARTHER SOUTH. IN TERMS OF
RANKINGS VERO BEACH WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT WAS NOTEWORTHY...HAVING
THEIR 8TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.


MARCH-MAY...
COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES INTO THE SPRING WERE ABLE TO USHER IN SOME
PERIODS OF COOLER WEATHER. HOWEVER BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE
NORMALLY SHORT LIVED AS ONSHORE FLOW QUICKLY DEVELOPED BEHIND THESE
BOUNDARIES AND LED TO REBOUNDING TEMPERATURES...ESPECIALLY DURING
MARCH AND APRIL. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE
NORMAL IN MARCH AND WARMER THAN NORMAL IN BOTH APRIL AND MAY. BANDS
OF SHOWERS AND STORMS THAT PRECEDED FRONTS IN MARCH AND APRIL
TYPICALLY WEAKENED AS THEY PUSHED FARTHER SOUTH ACROSS THE REGION.
THIS ENDED UP LEADING TO DRIER CONDITIONS ALONG THE TREASURE COAST
THAT WERE ONLY MAGNIFIED INTO MAY AS MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION FROM
SEA BREEZE GENERATED SHOWERS AND STORMS LATE IN THE MONTH REMAINED
MOSTLY INLAND. SPRING SEASON RAINFALL DEFICITS AVERAGED AROUND 2 TO
5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL ALONG THE TREASURE COAST WHILE FARTHER NORTH
AND INLAND TOWARD AND WEST OF THE I-4 CORRIDOR RAINFALL WAS AROUND 2
TO 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

JUNE-AUGUST...
FRONTAL PASSAGES DECREASED THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS AND THE
PLACEMENT OF THE ATLANTIC SUBTROPICAL RIDGE PLAYED A GREATER ROLE IN
TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION PATTERNS ACROSS THE REGION. IN JUNE
THE AXIS OF THIS RIDGE GENERALLY STAYED ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA. THIS
ALLOWED FOR THE EAST COAST SEA BREEZE TO MOVE INLAND MOST DAYS
KEEPING TEMPERATURES NEAR NORMAL. SHOWERS AND STORMS WERE FOCUSED
WEST OF ORLANDO AND TOWARD LAKE OKEECHOBEE WHERE SEA AND LAKE BREEZE
COLLISIONS WERE MORE FAVORED WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
OCCURRING OVER THESE AREAS AND LOWER THAN NORMAL AMOUNTS
EXPERIENCED OVER MUCH OF THE REST OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR FORMED JUST OFF THE EAST FLORIDA COAST IN THE
BEGINNING OF JULY BUT BROUGHT LITTLE RAINFALL TO THE REGION. HOWEVER
IN ITS WAKE THE ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE BUILT BACK IN WITH ITS
AXIS GENERALLY REMAINING SOUTH OF THE AREA FOR THE MONTH. A MORE
SOUTHWESTERLY STEERING FLOW DUE TO THIS PATTERN SHIFTED A GREATER
NUMBER OF SHOWERS AND STORMS ACROSS EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA...CONTRIBUTING TO A MORE WET AND STORMY JULY. A FEW STRONGER
STORMS PRODUCED LOWER STRENGTH TORNADOES AND LANDSPOUTS THROUGH THE
MONTH. THE MOST NOTABLE OF THESE WAS AN EF-1 TORNADO THAT FORMED IN
EDGEWATER ON THE 25TH THAT CAUSED DAMAGE TO A LOCAL AIRPARK AND
SEVERAL NEARBY HOMES. THE ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THIS MONTH
WAS EXTREME IN SOME LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY IN TITUSVILLE WHICH HAD
ITS WETTEST JULY ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 18.18 INCHES.

MORE TYPICAL SHOWER AND STORM COVERAGE OCCURRED ACROSS THE REGION
DURING THE FIRST HALF OF AUGUST BUT DRIER CONDITIONS THEN SET IN
DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH AS THE ATLANTIC RIDGE SUPPRESSED
CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT. THIS LED TO AN OVERALL HOT AND DRIER THAN
NORMAL END TO THE SUMMER WITH DAYTONA BEACH...ORLANDO AND MELBOURNE
RANKING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE TOP 10 WARMEST AUGUSTS ON RECORD AND
DAYTONA BEACH ALSO HAVING ITS 2ND DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD.

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER...
COLD FRONTAL PASSAGES INCREASED INTO THE FALL AND GREW STRONGER AND
MORE NUMEROUS DURING NOVEMBER DUE TO BROAD TROUGHING THAT SET UP
ACROSS THE EASTERN UNITED STATES. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THAT WERE
NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER WERE MUCH
COOLER IN NOVEMBER WITH DEPARTURES BETWEEN 2 TO 5 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. VERO BEACH HAD THE LOWEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF THE PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA EACH MONTH AND OVERALL HAD ITS
COOLEST FALL ON RECORD. COLD FRONTS THEN WEAKENED INTO DECEMBER WITH
WARMER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS GENERALLY PREDOMINATING.

DESPITE THE CONTINUED ABSENCE OF TROPICAL CYCLONE ACTIVITY FOR
FLORIDA DURING THE PEAK OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON...RAINFALL
PICKED UP SIGNIFICANTLY INTO SEPTEMBER. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE
TOWARD THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH AS A SOMEWHAT STATIONARY FRONTAL
BOUNDARY KEPT DEEPER MOISTURE IN PLACE ACROSS THE REGION. AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OCCURRED FROM THE 19TH
ONWARD WITH PERSISTENT CONVECTION ALONG THE VOLUSIA COAST ON THE
23RD GENERATING LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AMOUNTS UP TO 6 TO 8 INCHES.
RAINFALL DEPARTURES FOR SEPTEMBER WERE 3 TO 5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL
FOR MANY LOCATIONS AND DAYTONA BEACH HAD THEIR WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON
RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF 18.15 INCHES.

WEATHER IN OCTOBER WAS ALSO ANOTHER EXTREME FOR DAYTONA BEACH BUT
FOR THE OPPOSITE REASON AS DRIER CONDITIONS ACROSS EAST CENTRAL
FLORIDA LED TO ONLY 0.58 INCHES FALLING AT THIS SITE...WHICH RANKED
AS ITS 4TH DRIEST ON RECORD. A WETTER PATTERN THEN RETURNED INTO
NOVEMBER MAINLY FOR AREAS NORTH AND INLAND OF ST. LUCIE AND MARTIN
COUNTIES WHERE PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE UP TO 5 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. AS FRONTS WEAKENED INTO THE END OF THE YEAR...RAINFALL ONCE
AGAIN DECREASED WITH DECEMBER TURNING OUT GENERALLY DRIER THAN
NORMAL.


.END OF THE YEAR STATISTICS...

TEMPERATURES...

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE VALUES FOR 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 TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 71.1
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-ORLANDO HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 73.2 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 73.3 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 2009 AND
2012 AS THE 9TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-VERO BEACH HAD AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR OF 72.7 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT, WHICH WAS 0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

.RAINFALL...

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 63.82 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS
14.20 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 10TH WETTEST YEAR ON
RECORD FOR THIS SITE.

-ORLANDO RECEIVED 55.35 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS 4.62
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-MELBOURNE RECEIVED 56.88 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS
4.88 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

-VERO BEACH RECEIVED 53.89 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE YEAR, WHICH WAS
2.02 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

CO-OPERATIVE OBSERVER STATION RAINFALL RANKINGS:

-TITUSVILLE HAD THEIR 3RD WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD WITH A TOTAL OF
76.16 INCHES OF RAINFALL.


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

STATION           2014          NORMAL     DEPARTURE     PERCENT OF
                RAINFALL       RAINFALL   FROM NORMAL      NORMAL

DAYTONA BEACH    63.82"         49.62"      +14.20"         129%
(DAB)
ORLANDO          55.35"         50.73"       +4.62"         109%
(MCO)
MELBOURNE        56.88"         52.00"       +4.88"         109%
(MLB)
VERO BEACH       53.89"         51.87"       +2.02"         104%
(VRB)
CLERMONT         58.39"         50.63"       +7.76"         115%
(CLRF1)
DELAND           53.66"         58.04"       -4.38"          92%
(DELF1)
SANFORD          61.77"         53.04"       +8.73"         116%
(SFNF1)
TITUSVILLE       76.16"         53.99"      +22.17"         141%
(TITF1)
FORT PIERCE      56.60"         53.84"       +2.76"         105%
(FPR)
STUART           54.04"         63.72"       -9.68"          85%
(STRF1)


FOR MORE DETAILED MONTHLY AND SEASONAL CLIMATE INFORMATION FROM THE
THE PAST YEAR...PLEASE VISIT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/MELBOURNE AND CLICK
ON THE "MORE" LINK UNDER THE CLIMATE SUBSECTION ON THE LEFT SIDE OF
THE PAGE.

$$

WEITLICH



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