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  • The 2019 Atlantic hurricane has come to an end! My full recap is ** here **. 2019 hurricane season The season was more active than average & a little above original forecasts: Hurricane Season Forecast For a video update.... go * here *. As we move into Dec., November was notable because temps. averaged ** below average (by about 2 degrees) ** - the first full month with below avg. temps. since July, 2018! Nov temps The month was wetter than average for some areas but mostly due to a single wet day on the 15th. Other Nov. rainfall from the area courtesy our Jax N.W.S.: FL JASPER 1.87 FL BEAUCLERC 2.34 FL JACKSONVILLE BEACH 3.01 FL LAKE CITY 4.21 FL LAKE CITY 2 E 3.37 FL CRESCENT CITY 1.40 FL GAINESVILLE RGNL AP 1.83 FL HASTINGS 4NE 2.60 FL OCALA 1.26 FL JACKSONVILLE CRAIG MUNI AP 2.64 FL JACKSONVILLE INTL AP 3.69 FL JACKSONVILLE NAS 1.85 FL MAYPORT NAVAL STATION 2.85 FL FEDERAL POINT 2.65 FL BUNNELL EOC 2.25 FL PALM COAST 6NE 1.62 FL NORTHEAST PALM COAST 1.46 FL NORTHWEST PALM COAST 1.70 FL WEST PALM COAST 3.35 FL WEST CENTRAL PALM COAST 2.96 FL FLAGLER BEACH 1.24 GA PRIDGEN 2.34 GA ALMA BACON CO AP 1.37 GA NAHUNTA 6 NE 6.10 GA BRUNSWICK 4.28 GA BRUNSWICK MALCOLM MCKINNON AP 3.51 GA WOODBINE 5.86
  • We can continue to count down to the end of the hurricane season - Nov. 30th.  For daily updates on the tropics, go to 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'. While we're still technically in the tropical season, winter is starting to show its true colors across the Lower 48.  First.... a swath of snow covered the ground from the Plains to New England.  As an arctic high pressure moved east/southeast, the snow 'field' helped to keep cold air 'refrigerated' as the cold front plowed south & east.  The result was some of the coldest temps. for Jacksonville & surrounding areas since March into early April with a 'slew' of record lows from Texas to Michigan.  Some parts of inland Ga. had their first freeze of the season - anywhere from 1-2 weeks earlier than average.  The avg. first date for 32 degrees or lower: Check out the beautiful photos sent to me from Sean Riley, St. Augustine early Tue. (Nov. 12).  A fog bow forms when the sunlight is reflected/refracted off the water vapor/droplets that make up fog.  Due to the very tiny size of the water droplets that make up fog, the 'bow' appears white or even bluish in color (vs. the color spectrum of a typical rainbow caused by the sun reflecting off & through much larger raindrops).  More on fogbows * here *.
  • We can continue to count down to the end of the hurricane season - Nov. 30th.  For daily updates on the tropics, go to 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'. While we're still technically in the tropical season, winter is starting to show its true colors across the Lower 48.  First.... a swath of snow covered the ground from the Plains to New England.  As an arctic high pressure moved east/southeast, the snow 'field' helped to keep cold air 'refrigerated' as the cold front plowed south & east.  The result was some of the coldest temps. for Jacksonville & surrounding areas since March into early April with a 'slew' of record lows from Texas to Michigan. Some parts of inland Ga. had their first freeze of the season - anywhere from 1-2 weeks earlier than average.  The avg. first date for 32 degrees or lower: Check out the beautiful photos sent to me from Sean Riley, St. Augustine early Tue. (Nov. 12).  A fog bow forms when the sunlight is reflected/refracted off the water vapor/droplets that make up fog.  Due to the very tiny size of the water droplets that make up fog, the 'bow' appears white or even bluish in color (vs. the color spectrum of a typical rainbow caused by the sun reflecting off & through much larger raindrops).  More on fogbows * here *.
  • We're in the last month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes - going back to 1851 - have made landfall on U.S. soil during the month of Nov.  'Yankee' hit Miami Nov. 4, 1934 & 'Kate' hit the Fl. Panhandle Nov. 22, 1985.  More in 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'. For the 2nd year in a row, we're having a very warm autumn.  October was the 6th warmest on record for Jacksonville & the warmest since 1981.  Every month this year so far has been above avg.: And October was a dry month for NE Fl...  wetter for SE Ga.  From our Jax N.W.S.: FL JASPER 2.59  BEAUCLERC 5.05  JACKSONVILLE BEACH 7.62  LAKE CITY 2 E 2.95 GLEN ST MARY 1 W 3.40   SOUTH PONTE VEDRA BEACH SHOP 5.20  CRESCENT CITY 5.57   GAINESVILLE RGNL AP 3.59  HASTINGS 4NE 4.23  WHITE SPRINGS 7N 2.17  JACKSONVILLE CRAIG MUNI AP 6.57  JACKSONVILLE INTL AP 3.30  JACKSONVILLE NAS 4.89   MAYPORT NAVAL STATION 7.58  BELL 4NW 3.57  FEDERAL POINT 5.69  GEORGIA: PRIDGEN 5.45  ALMA BACON CO AP 3.48   NAHUNTA 6 NE 4.30  BRUNSWICK 7.35  BRUNSWICK MALCOLM MCKINNON AP 5.36   WOODBINE 8.90 Speaking of rainfall....now that we're in standard time, residents are only allowed to water their yards & landscaping once a week.  Though typically drier this time of year, days or shorter & temps. are cooler so less water is generally needed.  From St. Johns River Management District: Starting Sunday, Nov. 3, homeowners and businesses will fall back to once-a-week landscape irrigation across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Nov. 3 is the day that Eastern Standard Time begins. 'Healthy lawns in our area require no more than one day a week of irrigation during cooler weather, based on scientific analysis from the University of Florida,' said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. 'So, when you change your clocks Saturday night, be sure to also reset your sprinkler timers to water only on the designated day for your address. And thanks for doing your part to protect Florida's water resources!' The district's new Water Less campaign features four seasonal themes, starting with 'Fall Back' in November to encourage once-a-week watering as temperatures begin cooling. Public water supply is the largest category of water use in the district's 18-county region — about 565.5 million gallons of water a day. The bulk of this water is for residential water use, and landscape irrigation can account for more than 50 percent of total water use at residential locations. Because lawns need significantly less water in Florida's winter months, watering restrictions are in place to ensure that water used for irrigation is used efficiently. During Eastern Standard Time, landscape irrigation is limited to no more than one day a week on the following schedule: • Saturday at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address • Sunday at addresses that end in an even number • Tuesday at nonresidential addresses • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Irrigation restrictions apply to all landscape watering not currently regulated by a consumptive use permit, which typically includes residential, commercial and industrial landscapes, and includes water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from a public or private water utility. Golf courses, plant nurseries, agricultural crops, and sports recreational areas generally have consumptive use permits that specify their irrigation limitations. Massive Amazon wildfires made headlines in Sept. with the typical flippant blame placed solely on climate change.  But as is often the case, there are extenuating circumstances: A new NASA study shows that over the last 20 years, the atmosphere above the Amazon rainforest has been drying out, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought. It also shows that this increase in dryness is primarily the result of human activities. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed decades of ground and satellite data over the Amazon rainforest to track both how much moisture was in the atmosphere and how much moisture was needed to maintain the rainforest system. 'We observed that in the last two decades, there has been a significant increase in dryness in the atmosphere as well as in the atmospheric demand for water above the rainforest,' said JPL's Armineh Barkhordarian, lead author of the study. 'In comparing this trend to data from models that estimate climate variability over thousands of years, we determined that the change in atmospheric aridity is well beyond what would be expected from natural climate variability.'  So if it's not natural, what's causing it? Barkhordarian said that elevated greenhouse gas levels are responsible for approximately half of the increased aridity. The rest is the result of ongoing human activity, most significantly, the burning of forests to clear land for agriculture and grazing. The combination of these activities is causing the Amazon's climate to warm. When a forest burns, it releases particles called aerosols into the atmosphere - among them, black carbon, commonly referred to as soot. While bright-colored or translucent aerosols reflect radiation, darker aerosols absorb it. When the black carbon absorbs heat from the sun, it causes the atmosphere to warm; it can also interfere with cloud formation and, consequently, rainfall. Why It Matters The Amazon is the largest rainforest on Earth. When healthy, it absorbs billions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) a year through photosynthesis - the process plants use to convert CO 2 , energy and water into food. By removing CO 2  from the atmosphere, the Amazon helps to keep temperatures down and regulate climate. But it's a delicate system that's highly sensitive to drying and warming trends. Trees and plants need water for photosynthesis and to cool themselves down when they get too warm. They pull in water from the soil through their roots and release water vapor through pores on their leaves into the atmosphere, where it cools the air and eventually rises to form clouds. The clouds produce rain that replenishes the water in the soil, allowing the cycle to continue. Rainforests generate as much as 80% of their own rain, especially during the dry season. But when this cycle is disrupted by an increase in dry air, for instance, a new cycle is set into motion - one with significant implications, particularly in the southeastern Amazon, where trees can experience more than four to five months of dry season.   'It's a matter of supply and demand. With the increase in temperature and drying of the air above the trees, the trees need to transpire to cool themselves and to add more water vapor into the atmosphere. But the soil doesn't have extra water for the trees to pull in,' said JPL's Sassan Saatchi, co-author of the study. 'Our study shows that the demand is increasing, the supply is decreasing and if this continues, the forest may no longer be able to sustain itself.' Scientists observed that the most significant and systematic drying of the atmosphere is in the southeast region, where the bulk of deforestation and agricultural expansion is happening. But they also found episodic drying in the northwest Amazon, an area that typically has no dry season. Normally always wet, the northwest has suffered severe droughts over the past two decades, a further indication of the entire forest's vulnerability to increasing temperatures and dry air. If this trend continues over the long term and the rainforest reaches the point where it can no longer function properly, many of the trees and the species that live within the rainforest ecosystem may not be able to survive. As the trees die, particularly the larger and older ones, they release CO 2  into the atmosphere; and the fewer trees there are, the less CO 2  the Amazon region would be able to absorb - meaning we'd essentially lose an important element of climate regulation. The study, 'A Recent Systematic Increase in Vapor Pressure Deficit Over Tropical South America,' was published in October in Scientific Reports. The science team used data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard the Terra satellite. NASA/JPL-Caltech, NASA Earth Observatory: Night skies into early Dec. courtesy skyandtelescope.com Top: The path of Mercury across the Sun's disk on November 11th. Cardinal directions are in a celestial frame of reference; the Sun will appear tilted counterclockwise 40 to 60 from this view at sunrise (depending on your latitude) and clockwise by roughly the same amount in late afternoon. Bottom: Here's where the November 11th transit of Mercury will be observable.  DO NOT try to observe this with the naked eye! Credit: Sky & Telescope                                                               Nov. 9–11 (dawn): Mars passes 2 to the upper left of Spica, the blue-white alpha star in Virgo. Nov. 11 (daytime): Tiny Mercury transits (crosses) the Sun, with the midpoint occurring at 10:20 a.m. EST. This 5 -hour event is entirely visible from the eastern U.S.; roughly west of Mississippi River, the transit is under way at sunrise. This is a telescopic event (not visible without optical aid). Never look at the Sun directly, by eye or through a telescope, without using an approved solar filter. See skyantelescope.com for more details. Nov. 16–17 (all night): The typically weak Leonid meteors should peak tonight; waning gibbous Moon will interfere. Nov. 22–24 (dusk): Venus and Jupiter pass one another low in southwest, separately by 2 or less. Nov. 27–30 (dusk): Three planets and the waxing crescent Moon grace the southwestern sky. The Moon climbs higher each evening, visiting Venus and then Saturn along the way. Jupiter is lowest on the horizon.   Dec. 1 (dusk): Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter form an 18 long string above the southwestern horizon after sunset. The waxing crescent Moon guards the trio of planets from upper left is to their upper left. Dec. 10 (dusk): Venus and Saturn are less than 2 apart not far above the southwestern horizon.   Moon Phases First Quarter: November 4, 5:23 a.m. EST Full Moon: November 12, 8:24 a.m. EST (Full Beaver Moon; also Full Frosty Moon) Last Quarter: November 19, 4:11 p.m. EST New Moon: November 26, 10:06 a.m. EST
  • We're in the last month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes - going back to 1851 - have made landfall on U.S. soil during the month of Nov.  'Yankee' hit Miami Nov. 4, 1934 & 'Kate' hit the Fl. Panhandle Nov. 22, 1985.  More in 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'. For the 2nd year in a row, we're having a very warm autumn.  October was the 6th warmest on record for Jacksonville & the warmest since 1981.  Every month this year so far has been above avg.: And October was a dry month for NE Fl...  wetter for SE Ga.  From our Jax N.W.S.: FL JASPER 2.59  BEAUCLERC 5.05  JACKSONVILLE BEACH 7.62  LAKE CITY 2 E 2.95 GLEN ST MARY 1 W 3.40   SOUTH PONTE VEDRA BEACH SHOP 5.20  CRESCENT CITY 5.57   GAINESVILLE RGNL AP 3.59  HASTINGS 4NE 4.23  WHITE SPRINGS 7N 2.17  JACKSONVILLE CRAIG MUNI AP 6.57  JACKSONVILLE INTL AP 3.30  JACKSONVILLE NAS 4.89   MAYPORT NAVAL STATION 7.58  BELL 4NW 3.57  FEDERAL POINT 5.69  GEORGIA: PRIDGEN 5.45  ALMA BACON CO AP 3.48   NAHUNTA 6 NE 4.30  BRUNSWICK 7.35  BRUNSWICK MALCOLM MCKINNON AP 5.36   WOODBINE 8.90 Speaking of rainfall....now that we're in standard time, residents are only allowed to water their yards & landscaping once a week.  Though typically drier this time of year, days or shorter & temps. are cooler so less water is generally needed.  From St. Johns River Management District: Starting Sunday, Nov. 3, homeowners and businesses will fall back to once-a-week landscape irrigation across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Nov. 3 is the day that Eastern Standard Time begins. 'Healthy lawns in our area require no more than one day a week of irrigation during cooler weather, based on scientific analysis from the University of Florida,' said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. 'So, when you change your clocks Saturday night, be sure to also reset your sprinkler timers to water only on the designated day for your address. And thanks for doing your part to protect Florida's water resources!' The district's new Water Less campaign features four seasonal themes, starting with 'Fall Back' in November to encourage once-a-week watering as temperatures begin cooling. Public water supply is the largest category of water use in the district's 18-county region — about 565.5 million gallons of water a day. The bulk of this water is for residential water use, and landscape irrigation can account for more than 50 percent of total water use at residential locations. Because lawns need significantly less water in Florida's winter months, watering restrictions are in place to ensure that water used for irrigation is used efficiently. During Eastern Standard Time, landscape irrigation is limited to no more than one day a week on the following schedule: • Saturday at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address • Sunday at addresses that end in an even number • Tuesday at nonresidential addresses • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Irrigation restrictions apply to all landscape watering not currently regulated by a consumptive use permit, which typically includes residential, commercial and industrial landscapes, and includes water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from a public or private water utility. Golf courses, plant nurseries, agricultural crops, and sports recreational areas generally have consumptive use permits that specify their irrigation limitations. Massive Amazon wildfires made headlines in Sept. with the typical flippant blame placed solely on climate change.  But as is often the case, there are extenuating circumstances: A new NASA study shows that over the last 20 years, the atmosphere above the Amazon rainforest has been drying out, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought. It also shows that this increase in dryness is primarily the result of human activities. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed decades of ground and satellite data over the Amazon rainforest to track both how much moisture was in the atmosphere and how much moisture was needed to maintain the rainforest system. 'We observed that in the last two decades, there has been a significant increase in dryness in the atmosphere as well as in the atmospheric demand for water above the rainforest,' said JPL's Armineh Barkhordarian, lead author of the study. 'In comparing this trend to data from models that estimate climate variability over thousands of years, we determined that the change in atmospheric aridity is well beyond what would be expected from natural climate variability.'  So if it's not natural, what's causing it? Barkhordarian said that elevated greenhouse gas levels are responsible for approximately half of the increased aridity. The rest is the result of ongoing human activity, most significantly, the burning of forests to clear land for agriculture and grazing. The combination of these activities is causing the Amazon's climate to warm. When a forest burns, it releases particles called aerosols into the atmosphere - among them, black carbon, commonly referred to as soot. While bright-colored or translucent aerosols reflect radiation, darker aerosols absorb it. When the black carbon absorbs heat from the sun, it causes the atmosphere to warm; it can also interfere with cloud formation and, consequently, rainfall. Why It Matters The Amazon is the largest rainforest on Earth. When healthy, it absorbs billions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year through photosynthesis - the process plants use to convert CO2, energy and water into food. By removing CO2 from the atmosphere, the Amazon helps to keep temperatures down and regulate climate. But it's a delicate system that's highly sensitive to drying and warming trends. Trees and plants need water for photosynthesis and to cool themselves down when they get too warm. They pull in water from the soil through their roots and release water vapor through pores on their leaves into the atmosphere, where it cools the air and eventually rises to form clouds. The clouds produce rain that replenishes the water in the soil, allowing the cycle to continue. Rainforests generate as much as 80% of their own rain, especially during the dry season. But when this cycle is disrupted by an increase in dry air, for instance, a new cycle is set into motion - one with significant implications, particularly in the southeastern Amazon, where trees can experience more than four to five months of dry season. 'It's a matter of supply and demand. With the increase in temperature and drying of the air above the trees, the trees need to transpire to cool themselves and to add more water vapor into the atmosphere. But the soil doesn't have extra water for the trees to pull in,' said JPL's Sassan Saatchi, co-author of the study. 'Our study shows that the demand is increasing, the supply is decreasing and if this continues, the forest may no longer be able to sustain itself.' Scientists observed that the most significant and systematic drying of the atmosphere is in the southeast region, where the bulk of deforestation and agricultural expansion is happening. But they also found episodic drying in the northwest Amazon, an area that typically has no dry season. Normally always wet, the northwest has suffered severe droughts over the past two decades, a further indication of the entire forest's vulnerability to increasing temperatures and dry air. If this trend continues over the long term and the rainforest reaches the point where it can no longer function properly, many of the trees and the species that live within the rainforest ecosystem may not be able to survive. As the trees die, particularly the larger and older ones, they release CO2 into the atmosphere; and the fewer trees there are, the less CO2 the Amazon region would be able to absorb - meaning we'd essentially lose an important element of climate regulation. The study, 'A Recent Systematic Increase in Vapor Pressure Deficit Over Tropical South America,' was published in October in Scientific Reports. The science team used data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard the Terra satellite. NASA/JPL-Caltech, NASA Earth Observatory: Night skies into early Dec. courtesy skyandtelescope.com Top: The path of Mercury across the Sun's disk on November 11th. Cardinal directions are in a celestial frame of reference; the Sun will appear tilted counterclockwise 40° to 60° from this view at sunrise (depending on your latitude) and clockwise by roughly the same amount in late afternoon. Bottom: Here's where the November 11th transit of Mercury will be observable.  DO NOT try to observe this with the naked eye! Credit: Sky & Telescope                                                               Nov. 9–11 (dawn): Mars passes 2½° to the upper left of Spica, the blue-white alpha star in Virgo. Nov. 11 (daytime): Tiny Mercury transits (crosses) the Sun, with the midpoint occurring at 10:20 a.m. EST. This 5½-hour event is entirely visible from the eastern U.S.; roughly west of Mississippi River, the transit is under way at sunrise. This is a telescopic event (not visible without optical aid). Never look at the Sun directly, by eye or through a telescope, without using an approved solar filter. See skyantelescope.com for more details. Nov. 16–17 (all night): The typically weak Leonid meteors should peak tonight; waning gibbous Moon will interfere. Nov. 22–24 (dusk): Venus and Jupiter pass one another low in southwest, separately by 2° or less. Nov. 27–30 (dusk): Three planets and the waxing crescent Moon grace the southwestern sky. The Moon climbs higher each evening, visiting Venus and then Saturn along the way. Jupiter is lowest on the horizon.   Dec. 1 (dusk): Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter form an 18° long string above the southwestern horizon after sunset. The waxing crescent Moon guards the trio of planets from upper left is to their upper left. Dec. 10 (dusk): Venus and Saturn are less than 2° apart not far above the southwestern horizon.   Moon Phases First Quarter: November 4, 5:23 a.m. EST Full Moon: November 12, 8:24 a.m. EST (Full Beaver Moon; also Full Frosty Moon) Last Quarter: November 19, 4:11 p.m. EST New Moon: November 26, 10:06 a.m. EST

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  • A California father is facing multiple charges, including murder, in the death of his toddler son, authorities said. According to the Fresno Bee, Jesse Ashton, 23, of Mariposa, surrendered to authorities Friday, less than two weeks after they issued a warrant accusing him of murder and assault resulting in the April 2018 death of 22-month-old Bradley Reynolds. Ashton was jailed on $1 million bond, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Deputies previously arrested Ashton on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter April 19, 2018, after Bradley died at an area hospital earlier that week, the Sheriff’s Office said. Ashton, who claimed that the boy had suffered a seizure, was released on bail, authorities said. “Based on evidence available at that time, no charges were filed by the District Attorney’s Office,” the news release said. But that changed after officials completed an autopsy and pathology report and gathered more information during their investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities reviewed the results in November and issued an arrest warrant for Ashton on Dec. 2, according to the news release. “The incontrovertible evidence shows that Jesse Ashton murdered his child,” District Attorney Walter Wall said in a statement. Read more here or here. Deputies previously arrested Ashton on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter April 19, 2018, after Bradley died at an area hospital earlier that week, the Sheriff’s Office said. Ashton, who claimed that the boy had suffered a seizure, was released on bail, authorities said. “Based on evidence available at that time, no charges were filed by the District Attorney’s Office,” the news release said. But that changed after officials completed an autopsy and pathology report and gathered more information during their investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities reviewed the results in November and issued an arrest warrant for Ashton on Dec. 2, according to the news release. “The incontrovertible evidence shows that Jesse Ashton murdered his child,” District Attorney Walter Wall said in a statement. Read more here or here.
  • Police in Oklahoma are investigating after a fatal triple shooting Saturday afternoon in Jenks. Investigators told KOKI-TV that a man and his two sons are dead after what they believe is a case of murder-suicide. Police said the children’s mother was at work at the time. The shooting happened in the Country Woods neighborhood near West 106th Street South and South Madison Street South. Officers responded to a call around 12:50 p.m. regarding a domestic incident at the home. Police said others living in the home called 911. No one else in the home was injured.
  • Police in Jacksonville Beach are investigating after more than a dozen cars were broken into over the course of a few days. It started last weekend along 5th Street South where several of those burglaries took place.  Police reports said there were 14 burglaries that happened Saturday through Monday.  Joseph Rennie said he’s hoping this weekend they don’t see a repeat.  “All in all, this is a pretty safe neighborhood. But occasionally, you have things like this happen and come up, but it’s definitely a little bit unnerving,” Rennie said.  Police said someone was going around smashing out windows of vehicles and looking for valuables inside. Wallets, credit and debit cards were taken.  Some people had nothing taken, but were left with a broken window. It happened to 6 cars on 5th Street, 4 cars on 12th, and several others on the surrounding blocks.  Rennie, like many others who live in the area, said he’s thankful he wasn’t a victim, but was surprised it happened to so many people in the area.  “There is a sense of just making sure you’re being smart about it, not leaving stuff of value in your car, kind of anywhere. But yeah, its really unfortunate to see that that’s happened, especially around the holiday season,” Rennie said.  As always, police are urging people not to leave valuables in their cars.
  • Florida, along with 29 other states, has been accepted for membership into the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), according to Governor Ron DeSantis' office. ERIC is a multi-state partnership that uses a data-matching tool to help enhance election security and make voter rolls more accurate.  The governor's office says through ERIC, member states can share information from voter registration systems, motor vehicle databases, social security death records, and US Post Office records, to help identify voters who have moved, passed away, or changed their name.  Additionally, the governor's office says ERIC will help boost voter registration as it will provide member states better information on how to contact potentially eligible, but unregistered voters.  Governor DeSantis says he has set aside an estimated $1.3 million in his 2020-2021 recommend budget to conduct outreach to these unregistered voters with a direct mailer prior to the 2020 general election.  But the governor's office says Florida's full participation in ERIC will be contingent on the state legislature signing off on his budget. Being a member of ERIC requires annual dues of around $75,000.
  • In response to a smash-and-grab burglary at a Fernandina Beach gun store where thieves stole 57 guns in 60 seconds, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced a reward of up to $5,000 for tips leading to the arrest of suspects or recovery of stolen guns. The burglary happened Sunday, Dec. 8 at TNT Firearms and Accessories off State Road 200 in Nassau County.  Security footage shows 3 suspects smash through a glass door before breaking glass display cases and ransacking the store of 57 rifles and handguns.  The ATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total of up to $5,000.  The ATF and NSSF are working together in a national campaign to fund rewards in cases involving guns being stolen from federally licensed dealers.

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