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Winter Blocking Pattern... Jan. Skies... Aug. Solar Eclipse... Dec. Temps... "Earth Gauge": Federal Fee-Free Days

The ol' upper level ridge is back near Florida -- a mainstay of much of the last several months -- which adds up to a storm track (jet stream) well north & west of Jacksonville where the weather will stay active & -- at times -- very cold.  For Jacksonville ...

Jan. Averages... Christmas Tree Disposal... "Earth Gauge": Resolve to Save

We turn the calendars to 2017 & find ourselves in the "depth of winter".... well, First Coast style anyway.  We are, however, already gaining time on sunset & at midmonth start to gain time on sunrise too.  Averages at JIA for January: Low / High: 1st - 47 / 66 ...

2016: Year in Review - Weatherwise!

Locally.... 2016 will be remembered for the hot/dry summer & hurricane "Matthew" in early Oct. JANUARY..... avg. temp.: 51.1 degrees/-2.0; rain: 2.83"/-0.47" 11th - 1st official freeze of the season at JIA (avg. is Dec. 8th) 14th - hurricane "Alex" forms over the far Eastern Atlantic south of the Azores ...

Holiday Travel Info... Winter Solstice... Winter & Your Electric Bill... Warm Nov.... "Earth Gauge": "Tis the Season for Trash

Many have travel plans over the next couple weeks.  Initially the weather pattern for at least much of the eastern half of the U.S. will be mild so a lack of ice & snow.  A trend toward colder seems to be in the offing for the end of the year/the ...

White Christmas Map... "Polar Vortex"... NASA Internships... "Earth Gauge": Christmas Bird Count, Winter & Plumbing

'Tis the season for a White Christmas.  The NOAA map below shows the U.S. percentages for a white Christmas (at least 1" of snow on the ground). And the run-up to Christmas will certainly be cold enough to support snow across the Northern one-third to one-half of the U.S.!  You've ...

Signs of Winter... Dec. Skies... "Earth Gauge": Snow & Winter Recreation

Signs of some true winter ahead when looking at the computer forecast models over the next couple of weeks.  The maps below are from the GFS model & show the upper level 500mb flow & the surface forecast maps.  The first map -- at 500mb -- shows the cross polar ...

Review of the 2016 Hurricane Season... Dec. Averages... "Earth Gauge": Whales & Marine Species on the Move

The active 2016 hurricane season is behind us.... the most active over the Atlantic Basin since 2012.  Click -- here -- for my review in "Talking the Tropics With Mike".  Click -- here -- for a podcast review/discussion courtesy News 104.5 WOKV. After a very dry Nov. with officially only ...

2016 Hurricane Season Review

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered in Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. -- as one of the more active seasons in a number of years -- namely “Colin” (June 6th landfall).... “Hermine” (early September Panhandle landfall)... “Julia” (mid Sept.) &, of course, infamous “Matthew” in early Oct.  Click -- here ...

Last Day of the Hurricane Season

No areas of concern regarding tropical development across the Atlantic Basin on the last day of the '16 hurricane season. Next post will be a season review. Water vapor imagery: The wind shear (red lines represent strongest shear) analysis..... Gulf of Mexico: East Atlantic:  There is still a quite a ...

Strong Front Rolling East Across the Atlantic

A strong frontal system & upper level trough is moving across the mid Atlantic extending southwest to the Caribbean.  While there's plenty of convection, none of it is organized & no tropical development is expected. Water vapor imagery: The wind shear (red lines represent strongest shear) analysis..... Gulf of Mexico: ...

T'Storms Flare Over Eastern Caribbean

Thunderstorms have flared over the Eastern Caribbean in association with a surface trough & upper level low pressure area.  We'll have to watch this area for persistence but there's no indication of surface development at the moment. Water vapor imagery: The wind shear (red lines represent strongest shear) analysis.  "Otto" ...

Last Advisory on 'Otto"

The last advisory on "Otto" was issued by the NHC Sat. afternoon over the E. Pacific. The Atlantic Basin is quiet overall with some scattered disorganized convection over the Caribbean but tropical development is not expected. Water vapor imagery: The wind shear (red lines represent strongest shear) analysis.  "Otto" is ...

Staying Unsettled Over the Caribbean

"Otto" has moved well west over the Eastern Pacific while weakening.  Since the tropical cyclone remained intact across Central America before moving over the E. Pacific, the name will "stick" according to the NHC.  Meanwhile.... the Caribbean -- Southern Caribbean in paricular -- remains rather unsettled with quite a bit ...

"Otto" into the East Pacific

"Otto" made a landfall near the border of Costa Rica & Nicaragua -- the farthest south landfall of a hurricane in Central America ever recorded.  The tropical cyclone is now over the E. Pacific & will eventually wind down over open water. The rest of the Atlantic Basin is quiet ...

"Otto" Headed for Costa Rica & Nicaragua

A Thanksgiving Day landfalling hurricane for Central America.  The 10th hurricane to form over the Atlantic Basin during the month of Nov..... the last Central American hurricane in the month of Nov. was "Ida" on Nov. 5, 2009. Small & compact "Otto" briefly weakened to a tropical storm before regaining ...

Central America on Alert for "Otto"

The first week of the Atlantic Basin '16 hurricane season began with a named storm ("Bonnie" then "Colin") & will end with a named storm during the last week of the season...... Small & compact "Otto" became a hurricane Tue. - the latest that a hurricane has formed over the ...

Travel Weather... Avg. Date of First Freeze... GOES-R Satellite Launch... "Earth Gauge": T'giving & Weather, Cutting Travel Costs

The holiday travel season is upon us.  Here's to safe travel!  For info. on the roads.... click - here - ..... for info. on the airports, click - here. And now that we're getting deep into fall..... & winter is just around the corner, freezing temps. are an increasing concern.  ...

"Otto" Becomes a Hurricane

Small & compact "Otto" has become a hurricane - the latest that a hurricane has formed over the Caribbean since 1851 beating -- by a day -- "Martha" in 1969.  No change in the steering influences as a pretty stout upper level ridge develops across Mexico, the Northern Caribbean & ...

"Otto" Nearing Hurricane Strength

The small & compact "Otto" is about to become a hurricane.  No change in the steering influences as a pretty stout upper level ridge develops across the Northern Caribbean/Southern Gulf of Mexico which will help take "Otto" westward into Central America.  Heavy rain & high winds will especially affect Costa ...

T.D. #16 Forms SW Caribbean

The persistent low pressure over the Southwest Caribbean has finally become tropical depression #16 & should eventually intensify into "Otto".  The tropical cyclone will move slowly to the west so advisories/watches/warnings may eventually be posted for parts of Costa Rica, Nicaragua &/or Panama.   There will be no impacts on ...

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