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Statement as of 1:00 AM EDT on May 02, 2016


... Record warm minimum temperature tied in Melbourne Sunday...

The minimum temperature Sunday may 01 at the Melbourne International
Airport was 76 degrees. This equals the record of 76 degrees
for the date which was last set in 1954.


Public Information Statement

Statement as of 3:38 PM EDT on May 03, 2016


... April 2016 climate summary for east central Florida...

Warm and dry conditions generally dominated over east central
Florida during April. Several cold fronts moved through the area...
mainly from early to mid month... but many of these boundaries
were weak and only ushered in brief periods of cooler weather.
Also... rainfall with these frontal passages was typically limited...
except toward mid April when showers and storms increased across the
region due to a lingering stationary front.


.Temperatures...

April started off very warm with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above
normal before a cold front moved through late on the 2nd. Many sites
ended up tying or breaking their daily warmest minimum temperature
records these first couple days of the month. Highs that ranged
from the upper 80s to low 90s on the 1st... cooled into the 70s behind
the cold front on the 3rd and 4th. A few additional cold frontal
passages followed on the 5th... 7th and 8th but were mostly weak...
except for the latter front that led to a couple following days
of below normal temperatures with Vero Beach tying their record low
of 47 degrees on the 10th.

Another weak front moved into central Florida and lingered through
mid month... but overall average temperatures remained near to above
normal. This was especially true into late month when a dominant deep
ridge across the area helped block frontal passages and kept warmer
conditions in place. Highs during this period typically stayed in
the 80s with overnight lows in the 60s to low 70s.

Overall... monthly average temperatures at the primary climate sites
of Daytona Beach... Orlando... Melbourne and Vero Beach were 1 to 2
degrees above normal for April.


Daily record temperatures for the month:

Daytona Beach:
-April 1st: tied record warm low of 70 degrees last set in 1948.
-April 2nd: tied record warm low of 68 degrees last set in 1970.

Orlando:
-April 2nd: tied record warm low of 69 degrees last set in 1920.

Melbourne:
-April 2nd: record warm low of 72 degrees. Previous record was 70
degrees last set in 1970.

Vero beach:
-April 2nd: record warm low of 73 degrees. Previous record was 71
degrees last set in 1970.
-April 10th: tied record low of 47 degrees last set in 1996.


Average temperature values for April 2016 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 71.3 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 2.4 degrees above normal.

-Orlando had a monthly average temperature of 72.8 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 1.6 degrees above normal.

-Melbourne had a monthly average temperature of 72.5 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 2.1 degrees above normal.

-Vero Beach had a monthly average temperature of 72.0 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 1.1 degrees above normal.


.Rainfall...

Showers and storms crossed the region ahead of a cold front on the
2nd of April... but moderate rainfall amounts were limited to the
interior over Southern Lake... Osceola and western Orange counties.
Precipitation that occurred with additional weak cold fronts that
moved through the area in early April produced limited coverage
of showers and storms. A front then settled and stalled across
central Florida into mid month... increasing moisture and rainfall
over the area for a few days with some stronger storms developing on
the 14th and 15th. However as this boundary shifted south... drier
conditions took hold for several days. A brief increase in convection
occurred on the 22nd as a disturbance crossed the area... but then a
mostly drier weather pattern dominated through the rest of the
month.

Much of the area was drier than normal in April with rainfall totals
that were typically 1 to 2 inches below normal. Any near to above
normal precipitation amounts were limited and due to locally higher
rainfall that occurred with showers or storms.


April 2016 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 2.16 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.02 inches below normal.

-Orlando received 1.27 inches of rain for the month, which was 1.41
inches below normal.

-Melbourne received 1.34 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.79 inches below normal.

-Vero Beach received 1.60 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.12 inches below normal.


Cooperative observer station rainfall rankings:
-Stuart had 0.58 inches of rain for the month which ranked as the
7th driest April on record for this station.


Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for April
2016:

Station April 2016 normal departure percent of
                rainfall rainfall from normal normal

Daytona Beach 2.16" 2.18" -0.02" 99%
(dab)
Orlando 1.27" 2.68" -1.41" 47%
(mco)
Melbourne 1.34" 2.13" -0.79" 63%
(mlb)
Vero Beach 1.60" 2.72" -1.12" 59%
(vrb)
Clermont 2.90" 2.28" +0.62" 127%
(clrf1)
Leesburg 0.63" 2.51" -1.88" 25%
(lee)
Deland 0.90" 2.66" -1.76" 34%
(delf1)
Sanford 2.70" 2.48" +0.22" 109%
(sfnf1)
Titusville 2.61" 2.77" -0.16" 94%
(titf1)
Fort Pierce 3.63" 2.87" +0.76" 126%
(fpcf1)
Stuart 0.58" 3.40" -2.82" 17%
(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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