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Statement as of 10:33 PM EDT on April 01, 2015


... March 2015 was much warmer and drier than normal across east
central Florida...

Most frontal passages in March were weak with a prolonged period of
well above normal temperatures occurring through the middle of the
month. Despite some higher rainfall coverage late in March...
precipitation was rather sparse with any of the boundaries that moved
into the region. This led to warmer and drier conditions through much
of the month.

.Temperatures...

Temperatures quickly climbed through early March with Melbourne and
Daytona Beach tying their record highs on the 5th as highs reached
the mid to upper 80s. A cold front then moved through on the 6th
ushering in a brief period of cooler weather. Into the middle portion
of the month a dominant ridge aloft and weaker frontal passages
allowed temperatures to remain quite warm. From the 10th through the
22nd daily average temperatures commonly reached 10 to 15 degrees
above normal with several record highs and warm lows being tied or
broken across the region. Low pressure then crossed the state and
dragged a cool front through on the 23rd which broke the prolonged
period of extreme warmth. An even stronger front then passed through
early on the 28th and ushered in some significantly cooler
temperatures. Lows dropped into the 40s behind this boundary and Vero
Beach actually tied their record low on the 30th.

Monthly average temperature departures ended up to 5 to 6 degrees
above normal... ranking this March among the top 5 warmest on record
for all primary climate sites. In fact if not for the cool down at
the end of the month... it likely would have been the warmest March on
record for much of the area.

Top 5 warmest March average temperature rankings in degrees
fahrenheit and last year set:

    Daytona Orlando Melbourne Vero Beach
1. 70.1 1945 1. 73.7 1907 1. 72.7 1948 1. 74.0 1997
2. 69.9 2012 2. 73.2 1921 2. 72.3 1997 2. 73.6 2003
3. 69.7 2015 3. 72.9 2015 3. 72.0 2015 3. 72.9 1948
4. 69.3 2003 4. 72.7 1945 4. 71.5 2012 4. 72.2 2015
5. 69.1 1948 5. 72.3 1997 5. 71.1 1961 5. 71.5 1945


Daily record temperatures for the month:

Daytona Beach:
-March 5th: tied record high of 87 degrees set in 1985.
-March 10th: record high of 85 degrees. Previous record was 84 set
in 1974.
-March 12th: record warm low of 70 degrees. Previous record was 69
set in 1977.
-March 17th: tied record high of 88 set in 1990 and 1948.
-March 19th: tied record warm low of 69 degrees set in 1986.

Orlando:
-March 11th: record warm low of 68 degrees. Previous record was 67
set in 1922.
-March 12th: record warm low of 71 degrees. Previous record was 69
set in 1973.
-March 14th: tied record warm low of 68 degrees set in 1913.
-March 22nd: tied record warm low of 70 degrees set in 1929.

Melbourne:
-March 5th: tied record high of 88 degrees set in 1982 and 1964.
-March 11th: record warm low of 72 degrees. Previous record was 69
set in 1973.
-March 13th: record warm low of 74 degrees. Previous record was 71
set in 2001, 1986 and 1980.

Vero beach:
-March 5th: tied record warm low of 71 degrees set in 1961.
-March 10th: tied record warm low of 70 degrees set in 1948.
-March 11th: record warm low of 72 degrees. Previous record was 69
set in 1963.
-March 14th: record warm low of 70 degrees. Previous record was 69
set in 1990.
-March 26th: tied record high of 88 degrees set in 1980 and 1944.
-March 30th: tied record low of 46 degrees set in 2013.

Average temperature values for March 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 69.7 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 5.4 degrees above normal. This ties 1929...
ranking as the 3rd warmest March on record for this site.

-Orlando had an average monthly temperature of 72.9 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 6.0 degrees above normal. This ranks as the
3rd warmest March on record for this site.

-Melbourne had an average monthly temperature of 72.0 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 6.1 degrees above normal. This ties 2003...
ranking as the 3rd warmest March on record for this site.

-Vero Beach had an average monthly temperature of 72.2 degrees
fahrenheit, which was 4.8 degrees above normal. This ranks as the
4th warmest March on record for this site.


.Rainfall...

Rainfall in the first half of March was quite scarce with
precipitation mainly limited to isolated to scattered convection that
developed along the sea breeze on the 11th. Mostly dry conditions
continued through the middle of the month before a weak low crossed
the state on the 23rd and generated a band of light to moderate
rainfall across the region. Increasing moisture ahead of a stronger
front late in the month led to additional increases in rainfall
across central Florida on the 26th and 27th.

However the overall lack of rainfall for much of the month led to
March totals that were much drier than normal. Precipitation
departures were typically around 1 to 3 inches below normal or less
than 50 percent of average.


March 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 0.86 inches of rain for the month, which was
3.38 inches below normal. This ranks as the 9th driest March on
record for this site.

-Orlando received 0.75 inches of rain for the month, which was 3.02
inches below normal.

-Melbourne received 0.43 inches of rain for the month, which was
2.85 inches below normal. This ranks as the 4th driest March on
record for this site.

-Vero Beach received 2.38 inches of rain for the month, which was
1.74 inches below normal.


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

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

Daytona Beach 0.86" 4.24" -3.38" 20%
(dab)
Orlando 0.75" 3.77" -3.02" 20%
(mco)
Melbourne 0.43" 3.28" -2.85" 13%
(mlb)
Vero Beach 2.38" 4.12" -1.74" 58%
(vrb)
Clermont 2.96" 4.01" -1.05" 74%
(clrf1)
Leesburg 1.71" 4.33" -2.62" 39%
(klee)
Deland 1.11" 4.30" -3.19" 26%
(delf1)
Sanford 1.57" 3.90" -2.33" 40%
(sfnf1)
Titusville 0.72" 3.92" -3.20" 18%
(titf1)
Fort Pierce 1.90" 3.68" -1.78" 52%
(fpcf1)
Stuart 1.35" 5.00" -3.65" 27%
(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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