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EF-1 Tornado Surveys in Duval & Nassau Counties... "Earth Guage": National Fishing & Boating Week, Coral Recovery

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Updated: 6/07/2013 10:39 pm

The "Buresh Blog" is taking some time off -- much needed rest....returning Mon., June 17th.  But since we're in the hurricane season, "Talking the Tropics With Mike" takes no time off -- click ** here **.

The Jax N.W.S. conducted a storm survey & found the Mayport tornado in Duval Co. & Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach tornado in Nassau Co. were each an EF-1.  Click ** here ** to see the Amelia Island survey ... ** here ** for the Mayport survey.

Earth Gauge: Gone Fishing
June 1-9, 2013 is National Fishing and Boating Week, the perfect chance enjoy nice weather and connect with nature. In 2011, over 90 million U.S. residents – 38 percent of the population 16 years and older – enjoyed fish and wildlife-related recreation. More than three million residents and visitors fished in Florida during 2011, making it the state with the most anglers.
Tip: Get outside and have fun! Many states offer free fishing days during Fishing and Boating Week and June 8 is a fee-free day on National Forest lands for National Get Outdoors Day.  Get the most out of Fishing and Boating Week with these tips to stay safe and healthy.

• Be prepared for all kinds of weather. Check your local forecast and bring a jacket or sweater for cool mornings and evenings.  Bring rain gear along, too.
• Listen carefully. If you are outside and hear thunder, immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes and other water bodies. Head for a substantial building or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.
• Protect your skin. Water reflects sunlight, which can increase the amount of UV reaching your skin. Wear sunscreen and lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Cover your head and your toes. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare, and sturdy shoes to protect your feet from sharp rocks.  If you are in a boat, wear shoes that will prevent slipping.
• Take care of the environment. Make sure our waters and wildlife are available for others to enjoy in the future with smart fishing and boating practices.

Visit ** here ** for information about getting a fishing license and finding family-friendly fishing spots.

(Sources: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting , and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Overview;” Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Take Me Fishing – Fishing in Warm Weather; National Weather Service)

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Climate in the News: “Catastrophic Climatic Events Leave Corals Facing a Decade-Long Fight for Recovery” – ScienceDaily,  June 1, 2013 - Observations show that coral colonies off the coast of South America took 13 years to recover after the 1997-1998 El Niño event, giving scientists insight into how changing climate and weather patterns affect these ecosystems.

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