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Statement as of 2:52 PM EDT on September 02, 2015


... August 2015 climate summary for east central Florida...

Average placement of the Atlantic subtropical ridge axis in August
was again south of central Florida. A series of weak frontal troughs
pushed into the southeast states and helped to keep the ridge axis
supressed to the south. This pattern provided a west to southwest
wind flow that often delayed or prevented the East Coast sea breeze
from forming, and allowed a warmer than normal temperature trend to
persist in many locations. The dominant offshore flow also steered
scattered afternoon showers and storms eastward across east central
Florida... leading to rainfall totals that varied but were generally
near to above normal.

.Temperatures...
Daily average temperatures were generally near or a little above
normal during August. Highs often reached the low to mid 90s inland
and even several days along the coast, as the East Coast sea breeze
was either delayed or did not form at all due to the west to
southwest flow that was often present.

With the exception of Orlando which had an average monthly temperature
equal to normal... Daytona Beach and Melbourne were slightly above normal
at 0.5 and 0.3 degrees above, respectively. Vero Beach was most noteably
warm in August, with an average monthly temperature of 1.3 degrees above
normal. August 2015 was ranked as the 5th warmest August on record for
Vero Beach.

Daily record temperatures for the month:

Vero beach:
-August 31: tied record cool high of 82 degrees last set in 1944.


Average temperature values for August 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 82.0 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 0.5 degrees above normal.

-Orlando had an average monthly temperature of 82.8 degrees
fahrenheit, which was equal to normal.

-Melbourne had an average monthly temperature of 82.1 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 0.3 degrees above normal.

-Vero Beach had an average monthly temperature of 83.0 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 1.3 degrees above normal. This tied with
1951 as the 5th warmest August at this location.

.Rainfall...
Rainfall in August was above normal at many location in east central
Florida. This was due in part to a series of weakening frontal troughs
that pushed into the northern part of the peninsula and helped provide
focus for storms. Late in the month, rain chances were enhanced by the
remnant low associated with former Tropical Storm Erika. Outside of
these times... scattered afternoon storms occurred most afternoons
along boundary collisions between sea breezes... lake breezes and
outflow boundaries.

Most locations were near normal to well above normal for rainfall
in August. Orlando recorded the 3rd wettest August with 15.86 inches
of rainfall for the month and Melbourne received 9.36 inches, which
ranked that location as having the 9th wettest August. One exception
to the wet month was along the southern Treasure Coast where closer
proximity of the ridge axis helped below normal rainfall to continue
during August.

Daily record rainfall for the month:

Orlando:
-August 31: record rainfall of 3.59 inches. Previous record was 2.68
inches set in 1937.

Melbourne:
-August 13: record rainfall of 2.36 inches. Previous record was 1.80
inches set in 1993.

Vero beach:
-August 8: record rainfall of 1.99 inches. Previous record was 1.42
inches set in 1983.

-August 30: record rainfall of 2.65 inches. Previous record was 2.02
inches set in 1981.

August 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 7.52 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.12 inches above normal.

-Orlando received 15.86 inches of rain for the month, which was 8.73
inches above normal. This ranks as the 3rd wettest August on record
at this location.

-Melbourne received 9.36 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.68 inches above normal. This ranks as the 9th wettest August on
record at this location.

-Vero Beach received 9.07 inches of rain for the month, which was
2.04 inches above normal.

Below is a list of observed precipitation totals and rainfall
statistics for select sites across east central Florida for August
2015:

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

Daytona Beach 7.52" 6.40" +1.12" 118%
(dab)
Orlando 15.86" 7.13" +8.73" 222%
(mco)
Melbourne 9.36" 7.68" +1.68" 122%
(mlb)
Vero Beach 9.07" 7.03" +2.04" 129%
(vrb)
Clermont 8.32" 7.71" +0.61" 108%
(clrf1)
Lisbon 6.42" 7.14" -0.72" 90%
(lsbf1)
Deland 9.91" 7.82" +2.09" 127%
(delf1)
Sanford 14.05" 8.32" +5.73" 169%
(sfnf1)
Titusville 7.04" 7.88" -0.84" 89%
(titf1)
Fort Pierce 5.08" 7.30" -2.22" 70%
(kfpr)
Stuart 4.52" 8.69" -4.17" 52%
(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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