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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
917 PM EDT Wed May 4 2022

...April 2022 Weather Summary for East Central Florida...

It was a very wet start to April as a cold front moved into the area
and stalled, increasing showers and storms across the region during
the first couple days of the month and producing heavy rainfall for
some locations. The rainfall this activity produced made up a
significant portion of precipitation totals for much of the area
during April, despite additional isolated to scattered showers
occurring at times with a few additional frontal boundaries during
the month. Rainfall for many locations across east central Florida
ended up near to above normal for April.

Despite some cooler air that moved into the area behind a couple
passing cold fronts from the 7th through 9th of April, additional
frontal passages through the month were typically weak. This allowed
daily average temperatures to remain generally near to above normal
most of the time, and monthly average temperatures reflected this
with values either near or up to 1 to 2 degrees warmer than normal
for April across the area.


...Temperatures...

A weak cold front moved into the area and stalled during the
beginning of April, but temperatures remained near to above normal
as a more humid airmass generated numerous showers and storms across
the region. After the front shifted south of the area on the 3rd,
temperatures quickly increased on the days that followed, and highs
rose into the upper 80s and lower 90s on the 6th, with Sanford,
Orlando and Vero Beach all tying or exceeding their record maximum
temperatures for that day. A cold front then begin to move through
late on the 7th, with another reinforcing cold front moving through
on the 9th. These boundaries produced the only period of
significantly cooler temperatures for the month, with highs
generally in the 70s from the 8th through the 10th and minimum
temperatures falling as low as the 40s to low 50s on the morning of
the 10th. Sanford and Vero Beach actually tied or set new record
lows that day, with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Temperatures gradually warmed up through mid-month, with highs
reaching back into the 80s and overnight lows in the 60s to low 70s.
A weak cold front that moved through the region dropped highs back
into the 70s on the 19th, but high pressure behind this boundary
quickly veered winds onshore, with breezy easterly winds persisting
for several days that followed. This kept temperatures near to above
normal through much of the rest of the month.

With most of the cold frontal passages in April being weak, average
temperatures for the month ended up near to above normal, ranging
from 0.2 degrees above normal at Melbourne to 2.4 degrees above
normal at Orlando. April 2022 tied April of 1999 and 1967 for 9th
warmest on record at Daytona Beach, with an monthly average
temperature that was 2.2 degrees above normal. Otherwise, the month
did not rank within the top ten warmest at any of the other primary
climate sites across east central Florida.


Daily Record Temperatures for the Month:

Daytona Beach:
- April 6th: Tied record warm low of 69 degrees last set in 1999.
- April 17th: Tied record high of 89 degrees last set in 1972.
- April 18th: Record warm low of 71 degrees. Previous record was 70
last set in 2020.
- April 24th: Tied record warm low of 71 degrees last set in 1988.

Leesburg:
- April 6th: Record warm low of 73 degrees. Previous record was 68
last set in 2015.
- April 15th: Tied record warm low of 69 degrees last set in 2015.
- April 17th: Record warm low of 70 degrees. Previous record was 69
last set in 1972.

Sanford:
- April 6th: Tied record high of 91 degrees last set in 1956. Also,
set record warm low of 72 degrees. Previous record was 70 last set
in 1958.
- April 10th: Tied record low of 45 degrees last set in 2000.
- April 17th: Tied record warm low of 70 degrees last set in 1972.

Orlando:
- April 5th: Record warm low of 69 degrees. Previous record was 68
last set in 1957.
- April 6th: Record high of 93 degrees. Previous record was 92 last
set in 1923. Also, tied record warm low of 72 degrees last set in
1933.

Melbourne:
- April 5th: Tied record warm low of 72 degrees last set in 1957.
- April 6th: Tied record warm low of 73 degrees last set in 1954.
- April 22nd: Tied record warm low of 72 degrees last set in 2001.

Vero Beach:
- April 6th: Record high of 92 degrees. Previous record was 91 last
set in 2012.
- April 10th: Record low of 43 degrees. Previous record was 47 last
set in 2016.

Fort Pierce:
- No daily temperature records set or tied.


Average temperatures for April 2022 at the 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 72.4 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 2.2 degrees above normal. This ties April 1999
and 1967 as the 9th warmest April on record for this site, with
records going back to 1923.

- Leesburg had a monthly average temperature of 73.0 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.8 degrees above normal.

- Sanford had a monthly average temperature of 72.7 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.4 degrees above normal.

- Orlando had a monthly average temperature of 74.6 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 2.4 degrees above normal.

- Melbourne had a monthly average temperature of 73.3 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 0.2 degrees above normal.

- Vero Beach had a monthly average temperature of 73.2 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 1.1 degrees above normal.

- Fort Pierce had a monthly average temperature of 73.4 degrees
Fahrenheit, which was 1.9 degrees above normal.


...Rainfall...

A line of showers and storms that began to move into the region into
the evening of March 30th, continued southward across the area to
start the month. The weak cold front that this activity developed
along stalled across the area and led to an increase in rainfall
through the 1st and 2nd of April, leading to a very wet start to
what is normally one the drier months climatologically across
Florida. Many of the primary climate sites broke their daily
rainfall records during this time, due to the heavier rainfall that
these showers and storms produced. The most notable of these higher
rainfall totals occurred at Melbourne, where 4.46 inches of rain
fell on the 1st. This not only broke the record for the day, but was
also the highest daily rainfall total ever on record at this site
for April!

Additional showers and storms moved through the region ahead of an
approaching cold front on the 7th, with highest precipitation totals
between 1 to 2 inches occurring from southern Lake County into the
Orlando metro area. A drier period then followed behind the passing
front from the 8th through the 13th. Moisture then increased as a
front stalled just north of the area, and led to some isolated to
scattered sea breeze generated showers and storms during the
afternoon and evening hours into mid-month before another weak front
moved through on the 19th. A breezy easterly flow then followed for
several days, with much of the area remaining mostly dry despite
some light onshore moving sprinkles and light showers at times.
Another front passed through the area on the 28th leading to
additional scattered showers and storms. A persistent band of
heavier precipitation then formed near this front as it stalled near
to just south of Lake Okeechobee on the 29th. This band of heavy
showers produced 2 to 4 inches, locally up to 6 inches, across St.
Lucie County from around Nettles Island to Jensen Beach, northwest
through locations near the Florida`s Turnpike, near Fort Pierce.

End of month rainfall totals ranged from 3 to 6 inches for many
locations, but locally higher amounts up to 7 to 10 inches occurred
in some spots, including west and north of downtown Orlando and east
of Melbourne along the barrier islands. These totals were near to
above normal for April for much of the area. However, it should be
noted that a good portion of these amounts were due to the heavier
rainfall during the first couple days of the month, which accounted
for 60 to 90 percent of total precipitation during April 2022 for
many locations. For Melbourne, the first two days of April made up
98 percent of the total rainfall that occurred at this site during
the month! It was the 3rd wettest April on record at Clermont, 4th
wettest at Melbourne and 10th wettest at Sanford.


Daily Record Rainfall for the Month:

Daytona Beach:
- No daily record rainfalls set or tied.

Leesburg:
- April 2nd: Record rainfall of 1.64 inches. Previous record was
1.25 inches set in 1959.

Sanford:
- April 1st: Record rainfall of 1.82 inches. Previous record was
1.03 inches set in 1995.

Orlando:
- No daily rainfall records set or tied.

Melbourne:
- April 1st: Record rainfall of 4.46 inches. Previous record was
1.83 inches set in 2009. This is also the highest daily rainfall
total for the month of April on record for this site. The previous
record was 4.29 inches on April 4th, 1973.

Vero Beach:
- April 2nd: Record rainfall of 2.45 inches. Previous record was
1.94 inches set in 1947.

Fort Pierce:
- April 2nd: Record rainfall of 1.05 inches. Previous record was
0.98 inches set in 1923.


April 2022 rainfall totals for the primary climate sites across
east central Florida are as follows (ranking provided if in the top
10):

- Daytona Beach received 2.26 inches of rain for the month, which
was 0.03 inches above normal.

- Leesburg received 2.03 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.01 inches below normal.

- Sanford received 4.50 inches of rain for the month, which was 2.15
inches above normal. This ranks as the 10th wettest April on record
for this site, with records going back to 1948.

- Orlando received 5.20 inches of rain for the month, which was 2.62
inches above normal.

- Melbourne received 5.82 inches of rain for the month, which was
3.53 inches above normal. This ranks as the 4th wettest April on
record for this site, with records going back to 1937.

- Vero Beach received 3.46 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.40 inches above normal.

- Fort Pierce received 3.19 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.16 inches above normal.


Cooperative Observer Station Rainfall Rankings (Note: These totals
for April end around 7 AM on the 30th):

- Clermont received 6.10 inches of rain for the month, which ranks
as the 3rd wettest April on record for this site, with records going
back to 1948.


Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for April
2022:

Station       April 2022       Normal      Departure    Percent of
               Rainfall       Rainfall    From Normal     Normal

Daytona Beach    2.26"          2.23"       +0.03"         101%
(DAB)
Orlando          5.20"          2.58"       +2.62"         202%
(MCO)
Melbourne        5.82"          2.29"       +3.53"         254%
(MLB)
Vero Beach       3.46"          3.06"       +0.40"         113%
(VRB)
Clermont*        6.10"          2.59"       +3.51"         236%
(CLRF1)
Leesburg         2.03"          2.04"       -0.01"         100%
(LEE)
DeLand*          5.85"          2.47"       +3.38"         237%
(DELF1)
Sanford          4.50"          2.35"       +2.15"         191%
(SFB)
Titusville*      4.31"          2.69"       +1.62"         160%
(TITF1)
Fort Pierce      3.19"          3.03"       +0.16"         105%
(FPR)
Stuart*          3.90"          3.56"       +0.34"         110%

*Rainfall totals for the month end around 7 AM on the 30th.

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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Weitlich


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