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Coolest Nights in Months - Beautiful Autumn Weather... Oct. Hurricane History... Chinese President Gets Wet, Earth's Spin

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Updated: 10/09/2013 11:03 pm

In my college meteorology courses (when standing around the lab & chatting weather - exciting, huh??!!), we used to use the term "smellin' the Gulf" when cold fronts would reach the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in autumn. Well... the cold front that's just moved through Jax is "smellin' the Caribbean" as the front has cleared Fl. & most of the Gulf. The result will be the coolest overnight temps. for the First Coast since May:

May 27: 58... May 26: 55... May 15: 52... May 14: 47... May 13: 52... May 8: 54... May 7: 53... May 6: 52... May 5: 59

So it's been nearly 5 months since we've been so cool at night -- open the windows!

Days will still be warm but with low humidity as highs reach the low to mid 80s -- absolutely gorgeous through the weekend!

The First Coast is within a couple of weeks of reaching the latest date of ever being directly impacted by a tropical cyclone. But it was on Oct. 9th when a Cat. 1 hurricane weakening to a tropical storm moved northwest of Jax after making landfall in the Panhandle as a strong Cat. 3 storm. This late season storm (especially by First Coast standards) occurred during a period of relatively frequent tropical cylcone landfalls on the First Coast late in the 19th century/early in the 20th century). In fact, the mid to late 1890s weather was harsh on much of Fl. due to multiple hurricane hits & back-to-back hard freezes (Dec. 29-30, 1894 & Feb.8-9, 1895) that pushed the citrus industry to the south.  From Al Sandrik's historical research, Jax N.W.S.:

Year: 1894

Date(s): 9 October

Principle Affected Area(s):  Northeast Florida - tropical storm

                                                Upper Georgia - tropical storm

                                                Lower Georgia - tropical storm

                                                Northeast Florida coastal waters - tropical storm

                                                Upper Georgia coastal waters - tropical storm

                                                Lower Georgia coastal waters - tropical storm

Landfall Point(s): Apalachicola

Remarks: Partagas and Diaz Storm 5, 1894, listed by Davis. Tropical Storm strength at Jacksonville with maximum winds of 49 mph, (note winds listed by Partagas as 62 mph at downtown Jacksonville were corrected in station records to 49 mph) gusts to 56 mph. Once again from local station records, “Much damage was done but not as much as in September storm. Damage to wharves and small boats about $5,000.”

A couple of interesting weather reads:

(1) Chinese President gets soaked on National Day. Did China weather "modifiers" go awry? - click ** here **.

(2) Earth spinning more slowly so what about time? - click ** here **.

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