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From Mild to Toasty... Tee it Up: "The Players"... Storm Damaged Crops... High School Salute... April Temps.

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Updated: 5/08/2013 11:16 pm

Some truly warm temps. now as highs hit the mid 80s Thu. then near 90 degrees Fri. & Sat.  Moisture will slowly increase so that by Sat. a few widely scattered afternoon storms will pop.  But the highest chance & greatest coverage of storms will be midday Sunday through Sun. evening.

So "The Players" will tee off under spectacular weather Thu. that will become pretty toasty Fri. & Sat.  A quick hitting t'storm is possible late in the day Sat. but would be quick to pass.  Sunday will be the day of biggest concern as showers & storms will develop near the  sea breeze which will be close to the coast + along an approaching cold front.  Winds will be quite from the southeast Thu....& south/southeast Fri.  Winds become S/SW & increase a little -- to 10-15 mph -- Sat. leading up to a breezy day Sunday as southwest winds blow 15-20 mph with higher gusts.

Cleanup continues after last week's storms.  Check out the photo below from Action News reporter Kristen Sell showing farm fields in hard hit Southern St. Johns County.  Much of the potato crop has been seriously damaged -- click ** here ** for the story.

Part of the same storm that brought our severe weather Saturday is still churning over the Northeast U.S.!  The storm will go down in history for its wintery weather.  Numerous late season snowfall records were set from Oklahoma & Arkansas to Iowa, Minnesota & Wisconsin.  Click ** here ** for a summary from the Des Moines N.W.S. including photos.

I had the opportunity to honor local High School seniors that will graduate this month & then serve in our military.  I was the emcee for the first local High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony at "The Players" Wed. evening supported by "Our Community Salutes of N.E. Florida".  And so I was honored & humbled to be surrounded by those that so bravely did,do & will serve our country & protect our freedom.

April global temps.......
As part of an ongoing joint project between UAHuntsville, NOAA and NASA, John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Dr. Roy Spencer, an ESSC principal scientist, use data gathered by advanced microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites to get accurate temperature readings for almost all regions of the Earth. This includes remote desert, ocean and rain forest areas where reliable climate data are not otherwise available.

The satellite-based instruments measure the temperature of the atmosphere from the surface up to an altitude of about eight kilometers above sea level. Once the monthly temperature data is collected and processed, it is placed in a "public" computer file for immediate access by atmospheric scientists in the U.S. and abroad.
April temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: +0.10 C (about 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for April.

Northern Hemisphere: +0.12 C (about 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for April.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.09 C (about 0.16 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for April.

Tropics: +0.17 C (about 0.31 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for April.

March temperatures (revised):

Global Composite: +0.18 C above 30-year average

Northern Hemisphere: +0.33 C above 30-year average

Southern Hemisphere: +0.04 C above 30-year average

Tropics: +0.23 C above 30-year average

(All temperature anomalies are based on a 30-year average (1981-2010) for the month reported.)

Notes on data released May 6, 2013:

Compared to seasonal norms, during April the coldest area on the globe was in the southeastern portion of Saskatchewan, Canada, where the average temperature was as much as 4.82 C (about 8.7 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than seasonal norms. Compared to seasonal norms, the “warmest” area on the globe in April was on the northeastern Russian coast near the Bering Sea. Temperatures there averaged 4.51 C (about 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than seasonal norms for April.

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