Northern Lake County Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:34 am EST on March 2, 2015

... February 2015 was cooler than normal with near to above normal
rainfall across east central Florida...

A persistent upper-level trough across eastern North America sent
several cold fronts through the region in February ushering in
periods of cooler weather... especially through mid month. Most of
these boundaries increased moisture and rainfall across central
Florida with some heavier amounts occurring at times. The most
notable was a locally excessive rainfall event on the last day of
the month in Saint Lucie and Martin counties that generated several
inches of rainfall and significant flooding in that area.


A couple weak frontal passages briefly reduced temperatures early in
February. Then stronger cold fronts moved through the region through
mid month leading to prolonged cooler than normal weather roughly
from the 10th to the 21st. A record breaking cold snap occurred
toward the end of this period with average temperature departures 18
to 20 degrees below normal on the 19th and 20th. Also... near or
below freezing temperatures were observed over much of the area on
the morning of the 20th. A brief warm-up then followed before
another frontal boundary moved into the state late in the month and
lingered... increasing clouds and cooling off temperatures.

Average temperature departures for the month were around 2 to 3
degrees below normal due to the prolonged and at times more
pronounced cooler weather.

Daily record temperatures for the month:

Daytona Beach:
-February 19th: record cool high of 50 degrees. Previous record was
53 set in 1972 and 1958.

-February 20th: tied record low of 33 degrees set in 1958 and 1900.

-February 20th: record low of 34 degrees. Previous record was 35 set
in 1958. Also... tied record cool high of 56 degrees set in 1958.

Vero beach:
-February 20th: record low of 30 degrees. Previous record was 35 set
in 1958.

Average temperature values for February 2015 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 57.8 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 2.6 degrees below normal.

-Orlando had an average monthly temperature of 60.1 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 2.9 degrees below normal.

-Melbourne had an average monthly temperature of 60.8 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 1.9 degrees below normal.

-Vero Beach had an average monthly temperature of 61.8 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 2.5 degrees below normal.


An area of low pressure that developed over the Gulf shifted east
and across the region early on the 5th. This low generated a large
area of moderate rain that pushed across central Florida and
produced precipitation totals around an inch. Another low pressure
system crossed the state a few days later on the 9th with numerous
showers and isolated storms again leading to widespread rainfall
across the area. A drier period followed during the middle of
February before moisture increased ahead of a strong cold front on
the 17th. A band of precipitation with embedded thunderstorms
crossed the region ahead of this boundary later that night but
weakened as it shifted south. This led to higher rainfall totals up
to 1 to 2 inches falling north of Okeechobee County and the Treasure

Another front moved into the region late in the month and stalled
across the state. This front generally produced light precipitation
as it lingered over the area. The exception was on the final day of
the month as increasing onshore flow and sufficient low level
moisture north of the boundary focused an onshore moving band of
very heavy rain across Saint Lucie and Martin counties. Excessive
rainfall amounts up to 5 to 7 inches occurred in a short period of
time from the Port Saint Lucie area southward across coastal Martin
County with localized totals of 9 to 11 inches. This caused
significant flooding issues in this area with numerous roadways
becoming impassable and water entering several homes in Palm City.
Localized rainfall amounts up to 5 to 6 inches were also reported
that evening from a slow moving strong storm over northwest
Okeechobee County.

The more frequent periods of precipitation from frontal passages led
to near to above normal across all of east central Florida.

February 2015 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 2.88 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.10 inches above normal.

-Orlando received 4.58 inches of rain for the month, which was 2.20
inches above normal.

-Melbourne received 3.63 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.10 inches above normal.

-Vero Beach received 2.48 inches of rain for the month, which was
0.19 inches below normal.

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

Station February 2015 normal departure percent of
                rainfall rainfall from normal normal

Daytona Beach 2.88" 2.78" +0.10" 104%
Orlando 4.58" 2.38" +2.20" 192%
Melbourne 3.63" 2.53" +1.10" 143%
Vero Beach 2.48" 2.67" -0.19" 93%
clermont* 4.40" 2.61" +1.79" 169%
Leesburg 2.99" 2.88" +0.11" 104%
deland* 3.48" 2.96" +0.52" 118%
sanford* 3.44" 2.86" +0.58" 120%
titusville* 4.50" 2.83" +1.67" 159%
fort pierce* 3.69" 3.09" +0.60" 119%
stuart* 3.91" 3.34" +0.57" 117%

*includes rainfall through 7 am March 1st to incorporate rainfall
that fell on February 28th.

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.