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Buresh Blog: End of the hurricane season is in sight!.... Nov. averages....fall back... fall foliage
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Buresh Blog: End of the hurricane season is in sight!.... Nov. averages....fall back... fall foliage

Buresh Blog: End of the hurricane season is in sight!.... Nov. averages....fall back... fall foliage

Buresh Blog: End of the hurricane season is in sight!.... Nov. averages....fall back... fall foliage

The LAST month of the hurricane season!  Nov. averages 1 hurricane somewhere over the Atlantic Basin about every 2-3 years.  The Caribbean is the most likely spot for genesis with a movement north or northeast.  I continue to update "Talking the Tropics With Mike" every day during the hurricane season.... hurricane Michael "wrap" - here.

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We could use some rain!  After a very wet May/June/July/Aug., Sept. went drier & Oct. especially dry - close to 2.5" below avg.  The weather pattern is such that we'll try to some "catch up" into next week.  But Nov. is - on avg. - the driest month of the year in Jacksonville.

Our Nov. averages:

Low / High - 1st: 55 / 77.... 30th: 47 / 70.... Rainfall: 2.11"

Sunrise / Sunset - 1st - 7:41am EDT / 6:39pm EDT.... 30th - 7:05am EST / 5:26pm EST - lose 37 minutes of daylight & - yes - we DO set our clocks back one hour & will again spring forward the second Sunday in March - the 10th.  While voters passed a referendum ending standard time, the measure was not voted on by Congress which is a requirement.

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EARTH GAUGE - NEEF - By Sarah Blount:

For most of the people living in the United States (excluding many of the US territories, Hawaii, and residents of Arizona outside of the Navajo Nation), this Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). You’ve probably heard the mnemonic “spring forward, fall back,” and hopefully you’ll remember to reset your clocks, but do you know why we have this adjusted summer schedule?

Due to the tilt in the Earth’s axis, summer days have more hours of sunlight than do the days in winter. As the sun creeps up over the horizon earlier and earlier in the day, we end up with lots of sun in the early morning hours when much of the population is still asleep. The idea of DST is to shift the clocks an hour earlier, so that the extra daylight instead occurs at the end of the day, when people are awake and out and about, avoiding “wasted daylight” in the wee hours of the morning.

In the United States, DST was originally adopted near the end of World War I in an effort to conserve fuel domestically and re-purpose these resources for the war effort. By shifting the clocks earlier, people would have daylight to illuminate their after-work activities, reducing the need for electrical lighting and thus decreasing their fuel consumption.

Daylight Saving Time fell out of use after the war, but was again taken up and then subsequently dropped over the course of World War II. It wasn’t until 1966 that DST legislation was passed without being attached to a war, and today we observe this adjusted schedule from the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November. Across the world, only parts of Australia and Europe also change the clocks during their summer months, and in Europe this period is called “Summer Time.” 

As we “fall back,” look around your home at your lighting. Daylight Saving Time was designed with the goal of saving energy on illumination, so it’s a good reminder to see if there are ways that your lights can be more energy efficient. Are you using traditional incandescent bulbs around your home? By switching to an ENERGY STAR certified bulb, you could realize energy savings of 70-90%, saving you between $30 and $80 in electricity costs over the bulb’s lifetime. Learn more about energy-efficient lighting and determine what kind of lighting is best for your home.

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And as we fall back.... fall foliage is peaking a couple of weeks later than usual this year.  The Appalachians will be in all their splendor into the first 10 days of Nov. or so.

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November is Pancreatic Cancer awareness month.... awareness "day" is Nov. 15th.  A local - Jacksonville @ UNF - walk/run - "PurpleStride" is Sat., Nov. 3rd.  I would love to see you there.  You see pancreatic cancer is close to my heart as my mom died from the horrific cancer.  I've posted her "journey" - "A Very Personal Journey: My mom's fight against terminal cancer".

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