Cold Snap.... Warm by the Weekend... Comet Lovejoy
The cold air has arrived. Though I must say I don't believe this "cold snap" is worthy of leading a newscast then taking up the first 5 min. of a newscast (as was done by a local station Tue. evening -- the once local CBS affiliate shall remain nameless).
Let's keep it real(!) OR "The Buresh Bottom Line":
-- no record temps.
-- temps. will stay above freezing (thanks to brisk winds & some occasional cloudiness)
-- short-lived (warming kicks in by Fri.)
So in more detail.... temps. Wed. will begin in the upper 30s over inland SE Ga...around 40 over NE Jax...mid 40s to low 50s near the St. Johns River & beaches but winds will make temps. feel much colder. Sustained winds will howl at 15-30 mph with higher gusts. The beaches will experience occasional gusts of 35-50 mph!
Temps. Wed. night/early Thu. will not bottom out as cold as they might otherwise due to a continuation of at least some wind as well as periods of cloud cover. Areas west of Highway 301 will be the chilliest as winds will drop off the most in this area allowing temps. to dip into the mid to upper 30s. The north & west side of Jax will drop to between 38 & 42... areas near the St. Johns River, intracoatal & beaches will stay in the 40s & even 50s as winds become even more onshore (from the east).
Temps. will be below avg. but start to moderate Thu. with highs in the mid to upper 60s. By Fri. into the weekend, highs will reach well into the 70s, & we could some 80+ degree temps. early next week! Some moisture will flow northward triggering scattered showers over the weekend but not a washout. Our best chance for widespread rain looks to be Mon. night-Tue.
Check out the local photos of the Lovejoy comet below. The first is from Chris Westphal... the second is from Mike Rosset. Lovejoy was fairly recently discovered. Of greater interest for many astronomers is the comet Ison which is already on the scene. This fairly bright common will be visible the rest of this month -- click ** here & here **.
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