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May 2013 Newsletter   

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Dear Florida Climate Center Friends,
We'd like to present you with the May 2013 edition of our newsletter. In this newsletter, you'll find our monthly climate summary, a list of special events that our staff attended, an example of a data request made to the office, and more. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].



The Staff of the Florida Climate Center

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David Zierden
State Climatologist
James O'Brien
Professor Emeritus
Melissa Griffin
Asst. State Climatologist
April Climate Summary for Florida

The Florida Climate Center's April 2013 Florida Climate Summary is now available.  The summary provides an analysis of temperature and precipitation trends across the state, along with data on hazardous weather, drought, the impacts of the weather and any records tied or broken for the month. During April, average temperatures were above normal while rainfall totals varied in Florida. ENSO-neutral conditions continue to be reported for the equatorial Pacific. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) predicts above normal temperatures and normal precipitation for Florida through April. Past summaries are archived here.


April average temperatures and departures from normal (� F) for select cities.
Temperature Table 
April precipitation totals and departures from normal (inches) for select cities.
Precipitation Table 
A graphical depiction of the monthly rainfall departure from normal (inches) for April (courtesy of NOAA, NWS).
Rainfall graphic 
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Congratulations to Our Undergraduate Researchers

Since fall 2012, the Climate Center has had the privilege of working with two undergraduates from the Meteorology program at Florida State University. Ms. Alex Keclik and Ms. Lauren Zuromski have been an important part of our day-to-day operations and have also been vital with the research they've completed during their tenure at the Center. Ms. Keclik was selected to take part in an internship at the Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP) at Colorado State University this summer. Ms. Zuromski will attend National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Washington State University this summer and has also been selected for a NOAA Hollings Scholarship, which will include a weeklong visit to the NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.

FSU Day at the Capitol FSU Day at the Capitol

Assistant State Climatologist Melissa Griffin attended FSU Day at the Capitol on April 2nd. A variety of colleges and departments from FSU were represented at the event, which took over the lobby and the first 3 floors of the Capitol Building. Ms. Griffin, along with Meredith Field, talked with visitors and members of the legislature about the variety of climatic and oceanographic research that is being done at the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), including the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC), which focuses on providing climatic data and information to agricultural interests in the southeast USA, and the Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity Consortium (Deep-C), a multi-disciplinary group investigating the environmental consequences of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

"Drought" the Topic at the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum

The National Drought Mitigation Center, along with partner agencies, hosted the annual "Drought Monitor Forum" in West Palm Beach on April 16 through 18. The local host was the South Florida Water Management District, and the forum was held each day in their facilities. The Drought Monitor Forum is a yearly meeting to examine the science, products, and procedures that go into producing the U.S. Drought Monitor, which tracks the severity of drought across the U.S. from week to week. State Climatologist David Zierden attended the forum and presented on the unique climate of Florida and the difficulties of assessing drought in the state. David Zierden coordinates a group of National Weather Service personnel, water management district representatives, and others that provide weekly input into the depiction of drought across the State of Florida.

Marine Lab open house FSU Marine Lab Open House


On April 20th, Melissa Griffin, along with Meredith Field, Tracy Ippolito, Alex Keclik, Amelia Vaughn and Lauren Zuromski, traveled to St. Teresa, FL, to take part in the FSU Marine Laboratory's Open House. This event happens every two years and gives a chance for people from the surrounding area to tour the facility and learn about the different research that is being done. A variety of local groups were also in attendance with information on Florida wildlife, public health, touch tanks and more. The group from COAPS highlighted the Deep-C Consortium and their on-going research into the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Spill. Demonstrations at the booth included an oil spill cleanup simulation, information on plankton and their role in the ocean, the stratification of the ocean and how clouds form.

Growing Room presentation Growing Room Outreach


Assistant State Climatologist Melissa Griffin, along with Meredith Field and Rachel Weihs from the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, spent one morning at the end of April talking to some of the youngest community members about weather and weather safety. Ms. Griffin and Ms. Weihs took part in reading a book on weather safety and gave a couple of demonstrations on clouds, rainfall, tornadoes and the power of wind. The 2- to 5-year olds enjoyed the presentation and were quick to answer questions and share what they liked most about weather.

10-Year Service Award


Assistant State Climatologist Melissa Griffin was presented an award for her 10-years of service to Florida State University at the Sixth Employee Recognition Ceremony, hosted by the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs. Ms. Griffin has been a member of the staff of the Florida Climate Center since 2000, but in 2003 was promoted to a full-time position. As Assistant State Climatologist, Ms. Griffin continues to be a valued member of the Florida Climate Center with her hard work within and dedication to the field of climatology.

Upcoming Events 


May 14-17, 2013

Managing and Utilizing Precipitation Observations from Volunteer Networks in Estes Park, CO


May 15-17, 2013:

Southeast Climate Consortium Spring Meeting in Savannah, GA


May 23, 2013:

Career Day at Stars Middle School in Tallahassee, FL


July 7-12, 2013:

Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Climatologists in St. Louis, MO 

Example Data Request 

Each month, we highlight here recent examples of some of the many public services provided by the Florida Climate Center:

citrus freeze book Over the years, the Florida Climate Center has received requests from numerous authors, whose literary works are focused on a person, place or event that has taken place within the border of the Sunshine State. Those writing biographies have asked for historical weather information that may have been important to events that happened in a person's life. Others have looked to archived data to help investigate verbal stories passed down across generations, or high profile court cases. This month, an author who is currently researching information for a book she's writing about the history of Frostproof, FL, contacted the Center. The author was interested in learning more about the freezes in the late 1890's that seriously impacted the citrus industry in the area. The Center was able to provide copies of the actual observer forms from the 1894 and 1895 freezes, along with an excerpt from the book, A History of Florida Freezes, that details those freezes across the state.

About Us 

The Florida Climate Center is part of a three-tiered system of national, regional, and state climate offices, including NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and the Southeast Regional Climate Center. The Florida State Climatologist and other staff at the Florida Climate Center provide the following information and services to the people of Florida:


� Climate Data:

Historical weather observations for weather stations throughout the state of Florida. We are able to provide data for most stations from 1948-present.


� Climate Information:

Long-term historical averages for various stations, climate divisions, and the entire state.


� Extreme Event Records:

Information and analyses on extreme events such as freezes, droughts, floods and hurricanes.


� Special Analysis:

With their vast knowledge of El Ni�o, La Ni�a and climate variability, the State Climatologist and staff can offer expert insight into Florida's climate trends.


� Outreach:

Activities, presentations, and workshops that inform and educate the people of Florida about current and emerging climate issues. We also coordinate volunteers for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).


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