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Coldest is Behind Us... Series of Storm Systems... NASA: Solar Flare & Mauna Kea

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Updated: 1/30 10:59 pm
Our "cold wave" is coming to an end.  Though warmer, Friday's temps. will still be below avg. -- the 18th day below avg. out of 30 days.  That compares to 16 days above avg. in Dec. including several record highs in the 80s.
Clouds will be slow to break Fri. but temps. will gradually hit the low 60s.  70+ for the weekend though there will be a good deal of cloud cover with a few widely scattered showers Sat. & Sun.

Our weather pattern across the Lower 48 will remain active but the first couple storm systems will be far to the northwest of the First Coast which will keep the area generally warmer as weakening fronts move across the area.  Each storm, however, will push farther south & east.

#1 - this weekend: this storm will cut across the Midwest with snow from Kansas & Missouri through Iowa, Illinois & Michigan with showers ahead of the cold front.

#2 - Tue.-Wed.: this will be a stronger storm but at a high latitude & will move from the lower Missouri River Valley through the Ohio Valley to east of the Great Lakes.  Heavy snow will fall from the Midwest through the Great Lakes with rain & a few storms south to the Gulf Coast. Such a track will drag a weakening cold front across the First Coast Wed. triggering showers but only modest cooling following the front.

#3 - next weekend: a storm will cross the Southeast U.S. & could have a more profound impact on the First Coast when it comes to rainfall with what looks like another dump of very cold air into the Central U.S. on the backside of the storm.

There was an active solar flare (see photo below) Thu.  From NASA:

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:11 a.m. EST on Jan. 30, 2014. Images of the flare were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shortly after the observatory witnessed a lunar transit.  The black disk of the moon can be seen in the lower right of the images.
Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

To see how this event may impact Earth, please visit NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center -  the U.S. government's official source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings.

Also from NASA (including image)....from warm Hawaii...

Sea Temperature = 80 F

The Big Island is home to Mauna Kea, 13,796 feet) 

and the tallest mountain on the planet—if you measure from seafloor to summit, (32,000 feet)

Annual rainfall:

8 inches on NW side

404 inches on East side with moist Trade winds 

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