** The "Buresh Blog" will take MLK Day off & return Tue. **
While cooler, the cold air does not have much "staying power", so we're in for a nice weekend with cool but pleasant temps. Another cold front will roll through the area Mon. night, but the chill will again be short-lived. We could see an inland frost/freeze Wed. & Thu. morning. No significant rain anytime soon.
Earth Gauge: Save in 2013
Are you resolving to save money in 2013? These tools can help you lower bills by saving energy, water and fuel at home and on the road. Added bonus: you’ll help the environment, too.
• Save Energy: The Energy Star Home Advisor provides customized home improvement recommendations to help you increase energy efficiency and comfort where you live. Provide your zip code and info about your home heating and cooling to get project ideas and how-to resources.
• Save Water: National Geographic’s Water Footprint Calculator will help you discover how much water you use at home and how much water is used to create the products you need every day. Then, use EPA’ s WaterSense calculator to find out how much water, energy and money you can save by adding water efficient fixtures to your home.
• Save Fuel: Fueleconomy.gov helps you keep your vehicle in shape and get the best gas mileage possible. If you’re in the market for a new car, you can use the site to compare vehicles side-by-side and view lists of most-efficient and most-popular cars and trucks.
State of the Climate Report - Highlights from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Visit ** here ** for more information.
Climate Fact: Warm December Concludes Second Straight Exceptionally Warm Year in Southeast
December 2012 in the Southeast was dominated by above normal temperatures, with the greatest departures of five to seven degrees Fahrenheit above normal occurring in parts of Georgia and Alabama. The first week of the month saw the warmest conditions, with temperatures exceeding 70 degrees as far north as northern Virginia. Nighttime temperatures were particularly warm, with over 150 daily high minimum temperature records set during the month. December precipitation totals varied, with most of the region receiving above normal rainfall while parts of the Gulf Coast and South Florida were drier than normal. Despite the predominance of above normal rainfall, half of the Southeast region remains in at least moderate drought conditions or worse. December 2012 featured 118 reports of severe weather across the Southeast including 22 confirmed tornadoes. December concluded the second straight year of exceptionally warm temperatures across a large portion of the region.
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