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Buresh Blog: Hot summer continues..... El Nino update
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Buresh Blog: Hot summer continues..... El Nino update

Buresh Blog: Hot summer continues..... El Nino update

Buresh Blog: Hot summer continues..... El Nino update

Daily updates on the tropics - "Talking the Tropics With Mike".....

Our summer of discontent continues on.  As of July 16th, Jacksonville has officially had 20 days at or above 97 degrees which is 2nd most to 1998 when we already had 24 such days.  That stat might "ring a bell" for long time First Coast residents as that was the year when Central & Northern Florida was literally burning up as wildfires roared deep into the summer as heat was combined with a very slow start to the wet season.  This year - while it's been hot - we've had relatively timely rains for the most part.

El Nino Update: It appears the weak El Nino - ongoing since late last fall/winter - is on its way out.  The map below shows some lingering warm water over the West Pacific but either near avg. or even below average over the Central & especially Eastern Pacific.

The forecast trend on the modeling - & it is JUST MODELS - is for a continued El Nino decline to neutral status into autumn.

This has potentially great implications on the hurricane season.  El Nino seasons are often accompanied by an increase in shear which at least limits the number of tropical systems.  However, a neutral state might imply at least a somewhat more active season - especially later in Aug. through early Oct. - which, afterall, is essentially the peak of the hurricane season.  Pardon this public service announcement: one should always be prepared well in advance for the hurricane season.

The week of July 15th marks the 50th anniversary of the amazing Apollo 11 landing on the moon & first walk by humans on the moon. Interesting Twitter feed * here *.  Action News Jax.com has an array of related articles/info./pics & video:

Apollo 11: Events mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing

Former Navy seal first to welcome crew of Apollo 11 back to earth after historic moon landing [wftv]

Apollo 11 mission control meticulously restored for 50th anniversary of moon landing

Photos: Apollo 11 mission control rebuilt for 50th anniversary of moon landing

Apollo 11 flight manual from historic moon landing could go for $9M at auction

11 things you probably didn't know about the historic moon landing 

 

And - yes - I can clearly remember(!) watching the walk on the moon when I was 5 years old in the living room of my aunt's house on a black & white t.v. :)

And .... lastly... not weather or space related but fun none-the-less - the movie remake of "The Lion King".  Somehow I'm not sure it will live up to its billing, but my daughters & I have plans for a big night to take it in.  We've seen "The Lion King" on stage 7 times!  So we're not stopping now. :) 

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  • Coming off a chilly and mainly dreary weekend, some nice weather is ahead this week.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we’ll start a warming trend with afternoon temperatures today in the mid and upper 60’s.  By Tuesday we’ll see more sunshine and warmer temps in the upper 60’s and low 70’s.  Our next cold front approaches and passes by the end of the weekend bringing our next best shot at some rain.  
  • A search is underway for an escaped work release inmate who was able to somehow remove his GPS ankle monitor.   The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Victor Nash failed to return from work release on Sunday. He was last seen in the area of Hogans Creek near North Catherine Street.  Jail records show Nash was arrested in August for three counts of burglary and was due to be released in June.   JSO says Nash was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers at the time he fled. Anyone who has seen or knows the whereabouts of Victor Nash is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.  To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • Four people are dead and six hurt after gunfire erupted Sunday night at a backyard football watch party in Fresno, California, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 3:23 a.m. EST Nov. 18: According to the Fresno Bee, the shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. outside a home on East Lamona Avenue.  'Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire,' Fresno police Lt. Bill Dooley said late Sunday. The slain victims were all men in their mid-20s to mid-30s, the Bee reported. Five others who were shot are being treated at Community Regional Medical Center, while a sixth victim who suffered 'a graze wound' was taken to a different hospital, CNN reported. Police have not released any information about possible suspects or a getaway vehicle, the outlets reported. Original report:  A family gathering was disrupted by gunfire when a shooter opened fire, striking at least nine people during a backyard football watch party in California, police say.  An unknown suspect snuck into the backyard and started firing indiscriminately while multiple people were watching a football game around 7 p.m., KMPH reported.  Several people were taken to the hospital. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 
  • A missing Florida teen with autism has been found, Orlando police said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 12:37 a.m. EST Nov. 18: The Orlando Police Department said John Baker was located, WFTV is reporting. Original report: Authorities in Orlando, Florida, are searching for a missing 15-year-old boy.The Orlando Police Department said John Baker was last seen in the area of Colonial Plaza Mall in the 2400 block of East Colonial Drive. Officers said he was last seen wearing an Ohio State Buckeyes T-shirt. They said he is autistic and has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. Baker stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and is 150 pounds.  Anyone with information regarding Baker's location is urged to call law enforcement.
  • President Donald Trump is expecting a busy 2020, so he checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday for portions of his annual physical, the White House press secretary said Saturday. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 2:05 p.m. EST Nov. 18: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham deflected rumors about President Donald Trump's health, saying it is “absolutely not” true that the president's visit to a doctor Saturday was anything other than a routine procedure, The Washington Post reported. Grisham also said the President is “healthy as can be,' the newspaper reported. In a statement Saturday, Grisham said Trump, 73, had “a quick exam and labs” and “remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” the Post reported. Grisham said rumors about the president 'are always flying.' 'He is healthy as can be,' Grisham told Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday. 'I put a statement out about that. He’s got more energy than anybody in the White House. That man works from 6 a.m. until, you know, very, very late at night. He’s doing just fine.” Update 12:56 a.m. EST Nov. 17: Trump took to Twitter early Sunday, just hours after his visit to Walter Reed Medical Center. 'Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center,' he tweeted shortly after midnight. 'Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.' According to The Associated Press, the two-hour appointment did not appear on the president's public schedule like his previous annual physicals.  Original story: 'Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,' Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary, said in a statement, CNN reported. Trump’s last physical was in February at Walter Reed. He weighed 243 pounds with a body mass index of 29.9, and 30 is considered obese, USA Today reported. He also had increased his use of a statin that helps control his cholesterol. 'I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond,' Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, wrote at the time.  The visit Saturday is different than the president’s previous physicals. The last two physicals were announced beforehand and noted on the president’s calendar. Trump usually takes the Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed, but this time, a motorcade dropped him off unannounced, CNN reported. 

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