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Heavy Rain... Storm Photos... Summer Solstice... "Supermoon"

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Updated: 6/20/2013 11:23 pm
Another round of heavy showers & storms from late morning through the afternoon.  A few rainfall reports....
St. Simons Isl: 2.47"
Orange Park: 2.32"
Fleming Island: 1.38"
Jax Beach: 1.19"

And another day of some great viewer photos:
-- David Carlson, Jacksonville - awesome rain shaft indicative of some pretty strong downdrafts (winds) within the downpour
-- Lisa Dease, St. Augustine - an isolated heavy shower (probably a t'storm) offshore.
-- Ilona Tongel, Orange Park
-- Chuck Hisey, Fleming Island - some small hail Thu. afternoon.

Late morning through afternoon storms will again fire Fri. with frequent lightning & pockets of very heavy rain.  Similar conditions for the weekend though onshore flow will have a tendency to push much of the more widespread storms inland by afternoon.  Radar imagery below courtesy the S. Fl. Water Management District.

Summer officially began at 1:04am Fri.  The sun's rays are at their most direct angle for the N. Hemisphere on the summer solstice.  These more direct rays are due to the tilt of the earth -- toward the sun.  It's summertime despite the fact that the earth is just about at its farthest point from the sun of the year (image below from the "Encyclopedia of Earth").

Look for the "Supermoon" Sunday.  This is when the moon will be at it closest approach -- of the year -- to the earth (known as perigee full moon).  The moon will rise between 8:30 & 8:45pm shortly after sunset.  While still 221,000 miles away, the moon will appear larger & brighter than normal.  Of course, it's an optical allusion since the moon's size does not literally change(!).  Click ** here ** for the story from EarthSky.

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