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    The middle of January bordered on the ‘ridiculous’ when it comes to warm temps. As of the 14th, temps. were averaging nearly 10 degrees above average! Sunday, the 12th was especially noteworthy when the avg. temp. for the day of 76.5 degrees beat the record of 75.0 degrees on Jan. 7th, 1998 as the warmest avg. temp. for a January day ever recorded in Jacksonville going back to 1871! 12 of the first 14 days of the month have been above avg. BUT a dose of reality is on the way. We’ll see a bit of a temp. dip late in the week but the week of the 20th will turn sharply colder.... at least for a while. Parts of especially inland NE Fl. & SE Ga. will likely see a freeze at least a couple of mornings. The cold spell won’t end the pine/maple/elm pollen outbreak but will offer some short term relief. Jetstream Dip Colder If you’re missing winter, well..... here’s a pic from Austin Hamilton in Chariton, Iowa: Iowa snow cover January snow field in Iowa. Like longer days? We’ve hit the peak of our shortest days over the last several weeks & as of Jan. 15th, Jacksonville has started to gain daylight on the sunrise (not just the sunset) - 7:24am is a minute earlier than the first two weeks of the month/year. We’ll gain a minute or two of daylight each day the rest of the month which then accelerates through Feb./March & April. Jacksonville Sunrise Jan. 15 Our Jan. & early Feb. night skies courtesy Sky & Telescope Magazine: Jan. 20 (dawn): The waning crescent Moon, Mars, and Antares form a pretty triangle before sunrise. Jan. 22 (dawn): A very thin lunar crescent rises in the southeast with Jupiter trailing it by around 6°. Jan. 27 (evening): Some 6° separate Venus and the thin lunar crescent below it in the southwest. Feb. 1 (dusk): The month opens with Venus blazing above the southwestern horizon. Feb. 6 (dusk): Keep watch for Mercury to the lower right of Venus. Feb. 10 (dusk): Mercury reaches a greatest eastern elongation (maximum apparent separation) from the Sun of 18°. It’s still more than 10° above the west-southwestern horizon 90 minutes after sunset. Moon Phases Last Quarter - January 17, 7:58 a.m. EST New Moon - January 24, 4:42 p.m. EST
  • In previous blog posts, I highlighted weather events from the past year as well as the past decade. Some final numbers & analysis follow: First - & probably foremost - 2019 was very warm. In fact, the warmest on record since the “official” Jacksonville thermometer was moved to JIA in 1956. Taking into account the thermometer’s location downtown from 1871 to 1955... 2019 was still the 2nd warmest on record! Warm year for Jacksonville 2019 also had a record low number of dense fog days with only 14 compared to the annual average of 36 & well below the previous record of 20 days. The exact cause is debate-able but the reason might be tied to the lack of much real cold air during the winter (typically our foggiest period) & milder ocean temps. (surf temps. only briefly fell into the 50s). Foggy days in Jacksonville The year ended up with below average rainfall - by about 6″ officially at JIA - but we still had some stormy days. More than 270 severe t’storm warnings were issued by our Jax N.W.S. along with 17 tornado warnings none of which were for Duval Co. 2019 NE Fl. storm warnings 2019 SE Ga. storm warnings 2019 NE Fl. tornado warnings 2019 SE Ga. tornado warnings With the mild winter so far..... only 1 official freeze so far at JIA (Dec. 3rd)... & the 48th straight month (January) with at least one day reaching 80 degrees... we’re in for an early pollen season for the second straight year. As of Tue., Jan. 7th, pine pollen was as far north as parts of Clay, Putnam & St. Johns Co. The pine pollen will soon be as far north as I-10 then into SE Ga. shortly thereafter. A hard freeze would slow the process, but a hard freeze does not appear to be in the cards anytime soon. Oak pollen is more problematic for many pollen sufferers & usually follows the peak of the pine pollen by about 3 - 5 weeks depending on weather. Jacksonville freezes Pollen Season
  • 2019 was drier & warmer than average. As of this posting (Dec. 26th), rainfall will end up a little more than half a foot below average while temps. averaged a littler more than 2.5 degrees above average. There were 25 daily record temps. (including 2 monthly records & only 1 record low) & 3 daily rainfall records. Month by month (avg. temp. departure / rainfall departure): JANUARY (+1.8 degrees / +1.07″) 1st - 83 degrees - record high (81/1967) Only three (3) freezes through Jan. 31, the avg. is 13. FEBRUARY (+8.1 degrees - 8th warmest Feb. on record / -1.36″) 7th - 82 - record high (81/2017) 8th - 85 - record high (84/1957) 12th - 84 - record high (83/1965) 18th - 86 - record high (85/1956) 21st - 86 - record high (85/1997) 22nd - 87 - record high (85/1962) MARCH (+0.7 degrees / -1.91″) 14th - 17th - “The Players” moved back to March for the first time since 2006 - 80 / 86 / 70 / 58 degrees with light rain on Sunday, 17th. APRIL (+2.2 degrees / -0.06″) 13th - record high low temp. - 71 (69/2015) 14th - record high low temp. - 70 (70/1947) 19th - EF-0 tornado in Camden Co., Ga. along with numerous t’storm wind damage reports. Furniture store damaged by storm MAY (+4.3 degrees - 5th warmest May on record / -0.74″) 3rd - Boeing 737 skids off runway into St. Johns River at NAS Jax. Jet into St. Johns River NAS Jax Storms 4th - First 90 degree day of the year 5th - 1″ of rain - daily record (0.95″/1907) 20th - Subtropical storm “Andrea” develops over the W. Atlantic & dissipates the next day 22nd - Jacksonville baby dies in daycare van.... wildfire (Yellow Bluff fire) ignites closing parts of I-95 near the Nassau/Duval Co. line on the 23rd I-95 Jacksonville wildfire 27th - 100 degrees ties the May all-time hottest day (05/13/1967) + daily record high (98/1989) 29th - 99 degrees - record high (97/1969)..... 500+ U.S. tornadoes the last 30 days May U.S. tornadoes 30th - 98 - record high (97/1945) JUNE (+2.5 degrees - 11th hottest on record / -2.04″ May 6 - June 3 - 0.07″ of rain - driest such period on record May 6 - Record high low temp. of 76 degrees May 9 - Volusia Co. motorcyclist on I-95 killed by lightning strike Motorcycle helmet hit by lightning JULY (+0.02 degrees / -1.26″) 3rd - 99 degrees - tie record high (1970) 13th - Hurricane (Cat. 1) “Barry” landfall along the Central Louisiana coast 29th - at 89 degrees, 6th straight day below 90 degrees - most since July, 2013 30th - 68 degrees - tie record low (1894)..... rip current death in St. Augustine AUGUST (+1.3 degrees / +3.07″) 10th - 99 degrees - tie the record high (1987) 11th - 98 degrees - tie the record high (2011)..... + daily rainfall record of 3.18″ (1.46″/1946) 13th - 5th straight day with a heat index of 110+ - an Aug. record & 2nd longest on record 14th - 97 degrees - tie the record high (1938) 24th - tropical depression #5 forms over the Central Atlantic & becomes tropical storm “Dorian” SEPTEMBER (+3.1 degrees / -5.84″) 1st - Dorian goes Cat. 5 near Abaco Island, Bahamas maintaining Cat. 5 intensity through late morning on the 2nd Dorian Cat. 5 Bahamas 4th - Dorian’s closest approach to NE Fl. - 100 miles to the east as a Cat. 2. See Buresh Blog: “A True Tropical Beast” Dorian radar east of Jacksonville 7th - 97 degrees - record high (96/1951) 8th - One of the hottest Jags games on record - 93 degrees, HI = 99... 4th quarter: 96 degrees with HI of 100 degrees 17th - 96 degrees - ties record high (1896)... tropical storm “Imelda” makes landfall near Freeport, Texas producing widespread flooding & kills a local (Ponte Vedra) man. 24th - 94 degrees - ties record high (1925) 25th - 96 degrees - record high (94/1925) 26th - 97 degrees - record high (96/1961) 28th - Hurricane “Lorenzo” becomes a Cat. 5 over the East Atlantic - farthest north & east for a Cat. 5 on record. OCTOBER (+5.1 degrees - 6th warmest on record / -0.63″ 7th - Coastal very heavy rain caused flooding in Jacksonville Beach & Mayport 30th - 88 degrees - record high (86/1951) 31st - 91 degrees - hottest Halloween on record (86/2016) & latest 90 degree day on record for Jax (90 degrees on Oct. 27, 2010) NOVEMBER (-1.9 degrees [first month below avg. since July, 2018] / +1.58″) 15th - 3.16″ - daily record rainfall (1.50″/1916) 19th - Tropical storm Sebastien forms over the Central Atlantic with last advisory on the 24th over the East Atlantic - last named storm of the season DECEMBER (+3.8 degrees / +2.22″) 1st - 84 degrees - tie record high (1991) 3rd - 31 degrees @ JIA - first official freeze of the season 10th - 85 degrees - record high (82/1961) & ties the all-time Dec. record (Dec. 5, 2016 & Dec. 28, 2005) 14th - EF-0 tornado near Elkton, Fl. (St. Johns Co.), EF-1 tornado near Flagler Beach, Fl. Elkton, Florida tornado damage 17th - 82 degrees - tie record high (2015)
  • The past decade (beginning with Jan. 1, 2010) has been warm & rather dry for the local area. For Jacksonville specifically, every year had above avg. temps. except for 2010 (-1.05 degrees) & 2014 (-0.69 degrees). The last 5 years all averaged more than a full degree above avg. for an average over the last 10 years of +4.13 degrees. As for rain.... our total of 489.96″ was 94% of average or 32.1″ below the 10-year avg. of 522.06″. So let’s go year by year..... 2010 - 3rd coldest year on record, 4th driest for Jacksonville. Jan. 1 - 10: Coldest first 10 days (avg. of 37.6 degrees) of any year since 1850. Jan. 12: 7.0 earthquake devastates Haiti. Feb. 12: Accumulating snow for inland SE Ga. March 31: Hit 80 degrees for the first time in 105 days - longest such stretch since 1948. April 20: Gulf of Mexico BP oil rig explosion (& subsequent massive oil leak) Aug. 26: 50th straight 90+ degree day in Jax - beat the old record of 44 straight days (June 30 - Aug. 12, 1992) Oct.: No rain! Driest Oct. on record (was 0.08″, 1989) Dec.: Coldest Dec. on record - 46.1 degrees (2nd is 47.7 degrees, 1989)... most Dec. days at or below 32 degrees with 19.... the old record was 12 days in 2000 Dec. 26: Coldest Jags game on record - 38 degrees at kickoff with snow flurries 2011 Jan. 10: golfer at St. Johns Country Club injured by lightning Dec. + Jan.: 28 freezes at JIA - a record. March 11: Japan 8.9 earthquake + devastating tsunami April 14: 16: 3-day tornado outbreak from Oklahoma to the Carolina’s - at least 45 deaths April 27: 2nd most deadly tornado outbreak since 1950 - Arkansas to Georgia to Virginia May 9: Okefenokee wildfire reaches 71,000 acres... to 125,000 acres on the 13th... to 137,000 acres on the 18th. May 21: Massive EF-5 tornado hits Joplin, Missouri killing 138. Summary of the violent 2011 season * here * from the NSSL. Joplin Missouri tornado damage Nov. 12: 31 degrees at JIA - early freeze! 2012 March 2: Tornado outbreak kills 39 from Mississippi to Ohio & Indiana April 17: Okefenokee fire is finally declared “out” (started April 28, 2011!) May 28: Tropical storm Beryl landfall at Jacksonville Beach at 12:10am on Memorial Day - heavy rain & strong winds. Tropical storm Beryl June 24/25/26: 7-19″ of rain across the area largely due to eastward moving tropical storm Debby. 2-day total for Jax June 25-26 of 12.56″ was a 2-day record (12.11″ Sept. 9-10, 1908). 7.36″ on the 25th was a single June day record for Jax (6.07″ on the 13th, 2004).... the month ended up being the 3rd wettest June on record for Jacksonville. Oct. 29: Post-tropical cyclone Sandy makes landfall at Atlantic City - widespread flooding damage 2013 Warmest January since 1989 Jan. 30: 85 degrees - all-time Jan. record high for Jax March: -6.2 degrees - 2nd coldest March on record March/April/May: 2nd coolest on record at 64.8 degrees (coolest: 64.3 degrees, 1983) May 20: Violent EF-5 Moore, Oklahoma twister including a direct hit on an elementary school May 31: El Reno, Ok. EF-5 tornado (killed 3 storm chasers) - storm info * here * from the OKC Nat. Weather Service. June 6: EF-1 tornadoes in Mayport & Fernandina Beach due to tropical storm Andrea landfall in the Big Bend July: 12 90-degree days - fewest for Jax in July since 1975 Aug. 1: EF-1 Arlington tornado - 1 injured. WOKV story * here *. Arlington, Fl. tornado 2014 Jan. 28: Atlanta paralyzed by snow Jan. 29: light sleet in NE Florida Feb. 23: 6+ hour delay at Daytona 500 due to severe storms including a tornado warning. April 27-28: Big tornado outbreak Arkansas to Mississippi to Alabama & Tennessee July: driest since 1981 2015 Jan. 8: A trace of snow in Jax - flurries & snow showers May 9: Tropical storm Anna develops over the Western Atlantic & makes landfall on May 10th near Myrtle Beach. Oct. 1: Hurricane Joaquin sinks the El Faro near the Bahamas - many victims from Jacksonville/NE Fl. Nov. 1 & 3: all time Nov. record high of 89 degrees.... warmest Nov. in Jax since 1986 Dec.: 2nd warmest on record at 66.5 degrees (warmest: 67.5 degrees, 1931) 2016 Jan. 11: first official freeze of the season - about 1 month later than average Jan. 13: Tropical storm Alex develops over the E. Atlantic - first Atlantic tropical storm in Jan. since 1978... becomes a hurricane Jan. 14th - first Atlantic Jan. hurricane since 1938 Jan. 23: snow flurries in Jacksonville May 6: tie all-time May record low - 45 degrees June 6: Tropical storm Colin landfall at the Big Bend - drops an EF-1 tornado over Western Duval Co. June 9: 100 degrees - first 100-degree day since July 30, 2010 July: 3rd driest on record with only 2.14″ of rain June/July/Aug.: 7.88″ of rain - driest on record Sept. 2: Cat. 1 hurricane Hermine hits the Panhandle - first Fl. landfalling hurricane since Wilma, 2005 Sept. 30: Matthew goes Cat. 5 - first Atlantic Cat. 5 hurricane since Felix in 2007 Oct. 7: Matthew’s closest approach - 45 miles offshore - to Jax Beach - heavy rain & strong winds with numerous power outages for NE Fl./SE Ga. - major erosion at the beaches. Review of the hurricane * here * from the “Buresh Blog”. Matthew track Nov. 19: GOES-16 satellite launch - provides constant high resolution images Nov. 22: Otto goes hurricane over the Caribbean - latest hurricane on record over the Caribbean Nov.: 3rd driest on record - 0.02″ Dec. 5: 85 degrees ties the all-time Dec. record high 2017 Jan. 21-22: big tornado outbreak from Texas & Mississippi to Georgia & Florida Feb. 7: widespread straight line t’storm wind damage + an EF-1 tornado at Lawtey & Heritage Landing February: No freezes in Feb. for the first time since 2001 March 16: 28 degrees - coldest in Jax for so late in the season March 22: Bryceville wildfire ignites & forces evacuations Bryceville wildfire April 6: W. Mims, Ga. fire is ignited by lightning W. Mims, Ga wildfire April 20: Tropical storm Arlene forms over the E. Atlantic - only the 2nd named April storm of the satellite era. May 31: 3-inch hail in Jax Beach June: 10th wettest on record in Jax... wettest June for Gainesville (16.84″) Wettest May through Aug. on record with 40.53″ of rain in Jax Aug. 25: Cat. 4 hurricane Harvey slams the Texas coast - first “major”(Cat.3/4 or 5) U.S. landfall since Cat. 3 Wilma in Fl. in Oct., 2005.... major flooding in Houston Sept. 10: Cat. 4 hurricane Irma hits the Fl. Keys and reaches Jacksonville’s latitude on Sept. 11th - major local flooding including an historic flood on the St. Johns River. “Buresh Blog” Irma review * here *. Irma track Sept. 20: Cat. 4 Maria devastates Puerto Rico. 2018 Jan. 3: Ice & snow north & west of Jacksonville including much of SE Ga. Photo below from Dixie Union, Ga. near Waycross: Dixie Union, Ga. snow Feb.: Tied for the warmest Feb. on record - 56.4 degrees / + 9.7 degrees June: 2nd most t’storm days on record - 23 vs. the avg. of 15 (most: 24 days in June, 1924) July 20: Table Rock Lake, Missouri - storm capsizes tourist boat killing 17 June/July/August: 69 t’storm days in Jax breaks the record of 63 t’storm days for the same period in 1927 (avg.: 47 days) Sept. 16: Hottest Jags home game on record - 96 degrees, heat index: 106 degrees. Sept.: 2nd hottest Sept. on record - 82.4 degrees below hottest of 83.3 degree in 1925 - no nights below 70 degrees! Oct. 10: Cat. 5 hurricane Michael plows into the Central Florida Panhandle with damage well into Ga. See “Forecasting a Monster” from the Buresh Blog. Michael Track through Gulf Michael radar Dec. 2: EF-3 tornado hits Kings Bay, Ga. injuring 4 people. Kings Bay tornado 2019 Feb.: 6 record highs March 3: Tornado outbreak from Alabama/Fl. Panhandle to Ga. & South Carolina - at least 24 dead May 3: Boeing 737 skids into the St. Johns River at NAS Jax during a heavy t’storm Jet into St. Johns River May 27: 100 degrees at JIA ties all-time May high May 29: 500 U.S. tornadoes over 30 days June 9: Volusia Co., FL motorcyclist killed by a lightning strike on I-95 Motorcycle helmet hit by lightning Sept. 1 - 3: Hurricane Dorian slowly plows through the Northwest Bahamas with closest approach - 100+ miles east of Jax Beach - on Sept. 4th. Dorian east of Jax Sept. 26: record high of 97 degrees - latest 97 degrees ever for Jax (was Sept. 21, 1990) For the year: 101 90-degree days - tied for 8th most Nov.: First month with below avg. temps. since July, 2018
  • Saturday will largely uneventful for Jacksonville -- unseasonably warm and and breezy -- but Sunday promises to be another story.    Be wary for the potential for severe storms -- including tornadoes -- especially in the areas north of west of Jacksonville. Southeast Georgia needs to be on alert for severe storms by late Saturday and into Sunday. On Sunday, a squall line of severe storms will develop near the Big Bend of Florida in the morning and move rapidly northeast into and across all of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. There is a high likelihood of damaging winds along with isolated tornadoes, but they will be gone by 6 p.m. Hurricane Matthew weakened a lot of trees, so branches and trees might come down more easily. There will be strong winds even without any thunderstorms, which could cause more tree damage and downed power lines. Be prepared for fast-changing conditions. There is a fine line late Saturday between nothing at all vs. very severe storms.  A similar storm has already caused multiple deaths in Mississippi. 
  • The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered in NE Florida for the damage that Matthew left behind. But our area saw impacts from Colin, Julia, and Hermine.  Matthew was the costliest storm in NE Florida, and up the coast into the Carolinas. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says, despite our close brush with disaster, many people living inland may grow complacent because they didn't see any damage. DOWNLOAD THE HURRICANE SEASON RECAP PODCAST  Hermine ended Florida’s 11-year hurricane-free streak when it made landfall in the Big Bend in September.   Tropical Storm Colin spun up a tornado on Jacksonville's westside in June.  The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will go down as one of the longest on record.  Hurricane Alex formed in January deep in the north Atlantic Ocean.  Hurricane Otto in late November became the latest storm ever to form in the Caribbean.
  • An isolated microburst on Jacksonville's westside brought down trees around 103rd and I-295 Wednesday.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says winds were estimated at up to 60 mph.  He says hail reports approaching 1'' in diameter was also reported in Wednesday's storms.  Lightning caused a few small fires, too.  Buresh says we could be in for another stormy afternoon Thursday.  'That sea breeze will once again trigger some locally heavy afternoon storms. They'll be mostly inland, they will be hit and miss, but they'll be slow movers and where they hit, they hit hard', said Buresh.  LISTEN TO MIKE'S DAILY DISCUSSION PODCAST FOR INDEPTH WEATHER COVERAGE A lightning strike caused a garage to catch fire at a home north of Collins Road, Duval County Emergency Management reported. As many as 2,250 JEA customers were without power after heavy rain and hail hit. JEA said a tree was down on Shindler Drive and the utility fixed outages on the Westside.  The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a house on Firestone Road and another tree reportedly fell near Herlong Airport.
  • Florida's ten year hurricane drought has brought a relative lack of concern, and that could lead to complacency. A poll by Mason-Dixon finds 60% of Floridians feel the state will once again avoid a major storm this season, and don't feel vulnerable to the damage one court cause. And nearly one in three people say they will not evacuate in the face of a Category 1 storm.  Among younger residents 18-34, only 28% think there is at least some chance for a hurricane, and 67% don't believe there is.  Among those 65+, a majority (51%) do feel a storm could develop and only 42% are doubtful.  Listen to Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh react to the poll results, and look ahead to what's currently brewing in the tropics.  
  • The WOKV Severe Weather Center worked through the night to update severe storms in NE Florida.  For many it may have been another rude awakening with loud claps of thunder, lots of bright lightning, and several inches of rain.  The National Weather Service in Jacksonville says rainfall estimates show between two and three inches of rain fell from central Clay County into Orange Park, downtown Jacksonville and to the northside of Jacksonville.  Now the focus is on cleanup, with debris scattered across lawns, and power is restored.  Action News Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the stormy pattern continues today, and actually picks up in intensity through the week. 'Frequent thunderstorms late into the week, into the weekend and next week that will dump a lot of rain on most areas', said Buresh.   And that, Mike says, should really help extinguish the 40 wildfires burning across our area.
  • Mike Buresh

    Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh anchors the 5,6, and 11 p.m. newscasts on WJAX-TV and the 10 p.m. newscast on WFOX-TV and can be heard daily on News 104.5 WOKV.

    Buresh is a self-professed "weather holic" and his  fascination with weather developed at a very young age while growing up in rural Iowa.  As  early as the second grade, Mike's mom says he was drawing weather maps and "always looking at the sky."

    Mike's passion for weather continues to this day as Mike eats, drinks, breathes and - yes - sleeps weather.  Or as he likes to call it: "All the Weather, All the Time!"

    Mike graduated from Iowa State University in 1987 but began his college studies at Oklahoma University where he became an experienced "storm chaser" in addition to working at the National Weather Service.

    Shortly after graduating, Mike earned the American Meteorological Society's "Seal of Approval" and has also achieved his Certification for Broadcast Meteorologist which certifies that Mike meets specific educational and experience criteria and has passed rigorous testing in his knowledge and communication of meteorology and related sciences needed to be an effective broadcast meteorologist.

    Buresh began his television meteorology career at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa and most recently at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio before coming to the First Coast. Mike has calmly, effectively and accurately warned, tracked and informed viewers about tornadoes, waterspouts, floods and many local tropical cyclones including Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Fay, Beryl, Debby and Andrea to name just a few.

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    Mike and his First Alert forecast have been rated as the "Most Accurate" in the Jacksonville television market according to the independent service "WeatheRate". 

    If you would like the most accurate Chief Meteorologist to visit your school, club or civic organization,  E-mail Mike » . Mike is also an active member of the Jacksonville Salvation Army Advisory Board.

    He has traveled extensively including trips to Australia, Asia, Central and South America, Galapagos Islands and twice to Africa.

    When Mike isn't forecasting your weather he enjoys golf, basketball, football, swimming, water skiing, the beach, reading, community outreach and, most of all, spending time with his lovely wife, daughters and "best friend", Opie, the dog.

    Mike is an avid writer and has a large following in the blog-o-sphere --  "Buresh Blog"  and  "Talking the Tropics With Mike" (hurricane season June 1st-Nov. 30th).

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  • Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, said a man broke into a home and forced a woman and a 1-month-old boy into a car at gunpoint, according to WTVD. The home invasion and kidnapping happened Monday at 1:12 a.m. Wani Thomas broke into a home on Tangerine Drive and forced Jasmine Livermore and the baby boy, Nathaniel Thomas, into a vehicle, police said. Authorities are currently searching for all three. Thomas is considered armed and dangerous and last seen wearing a brown jacket with blue jeans. Livermore, 20, was last seen wearing gray pants, a brown shirt and a camouflage jacket. Anyone with information should call Fayetteville police at (910) 676-2597 or Cumberland County Crimestoppers at (910) 483-8477.
  • The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department rescued a man that was stuck in a tree in Atlantic Beach Sunday afternoon.  Video taken from the scene shows a ladder truck ascending into a large oak tree.   JFRD tweeted that the man was rescued from the tree safely and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
  • As many as six people were shot in a violent weekend across Jacksonville. And the common thing in all these cases, no arrests. Two of the shootings happened within a block of each other on Justina Road in Arlington.  A man was sitting at a bus stop by when he was shot by someone in a red SUV on Saturday afternoon.  Hours later a person was shot nearby and hospitalized with injuries.  Late Sunday night a man was shot in the leg on Old Kings near Edgewood. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  On Friday night two men in their 20's were injured in a shooting off Kings Road on the northwest side.  One man was hit in the lower leg and the other was struck in the upper torso. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  JSO says the shooting happened in a Shot Spotter area, and the technology system captured three gunshots.  On Friday around 8pm, a man in his 30’s was shot and killed on Brooklyn Road in the Moncrief area. JSO detectives were trying to locate any witnesses or video surveillance. 
  • Coming off a weekend in the 70's, a strong cold front brought drenching rain on Sunday afternoon, followed by a chill. Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma is tracking temps well below average.  “Mostly sunny and cold with temperatures in the 50’s all day. And then clear and cold Monday night and Tuesday morning with some patchy inland frost”, said Simma.   Tuesday looks to be the coldest day this week, as we’ll struggle to reach 50 degrees. A breeze will keep it feeling even colder. We stay below average on Wednesday, with temperatures only in the 50’s.  The mid-60’s return on Thursday, and on Friday we’ll be near 70 but with scattered showers. 
  • The Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services announced the city of Jacksonville, once again, earned the no-kill designation for the year of 2019. According to Best Friends Animal Society, “A no-kill community is a city or town in which every brick-and-mortar shelter serving and/or located within that community has reached a 90% save rate or higher and adheres to the no-kill philosophy, saving every animal who can be saved.'  According to a release put out by the JHS, the save rate for APCS was 90 percent and for JHS it was 95 percent, making a citywide save rate of 93 percent.  In total, 16,874 animals entered the JHS shelters in 2019, which is a significant decrease from 19,366 animals in 2018, according to the JHS.  According to JHS, Jacksonville earned the distinction of being the largest city in the United States to earn a no-kill status. The city has maintained that status until last year when ACPS save rate fell to 86 percent.  “Examining the data and trends in 2017 and 2018 resulted in our renewed focus on cats and kittens in 2019,” said Deisler. “As a community, we had to take a look at ourselves ask – what can we do to save those lives? We knew that with the help of our community, a return to no-kill was possible. We are excited about the results from 2019 and even more excited for 2020. Thank you, Jacksonville!”

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