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Higher Humidity... Some Rain... Tropical Moisture... "Barbara" in E. Pacific... FLASH: Hurricane Ready!... More Tornadoes... Planet "Trio"

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Updated: 5/28/2013 11:24 pm
We're continuing -- as expected -- to see (feel) our humidity creep up.  And with more moisture in the atmopshere, clouds are increasing, & we'll start to see a few morning showers near the coast inland to about I-95 transitioning to mostly inland (near/west of I-95) scattered afternoon showers & storms.  Rain will be very hit-&-miss Wed....a little more active Thu....& even more so Fri.  While there might be a quick downpour in some spots, there will be long periods of the day that will be dry & some areas will not get any rain at all.

Meanwhile....tropical moisture is lurking to the immediate south of the First Coast. 

This moisture will gradually push north & should enhance showers & storms by at least early next week & -- to some degree -- as early as this weekend.
Speaking of expected....the "disturbed" area south of Mexico & west of Central America in the far E. Pacific has developed into tropical cyclone "Barbara" (remember the list of names is different than for the Atlantic which will begin with "Andrea").  While this system will not likely manage to survive its interaction with the mountainous terrain of Mexico, "Barbara" could be an indication of what's to come next week in the NW Caribbean &/or Gulf of Mexico. 

Not only does the overall weather pattern favor development in this area, long range models are occasionally hinting at low pressure + climatoloy favors early season development in the Southern Gulf/NW Caribbean -- see the map below from the NHC.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is one of the best agencies I know that does a great job spreading the work about natural disaster preparedness, communication & mitigation.  Follow the plan of action below -- + click on the respective links -- & you'll be  "storm ready":

With just days until the start of hurricane season, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® -- click ** here ** is offering Mitigation 2.0 --- an “upgrade” to traditional family preparedness and home mitigation activities.  Mitigation 2.0 combines safety with technology to empower families and streamline activities that strengthen homes and ensure that families are safe. 

“Simplified, streamlined hurricane preparedness will help ensure that people are ready throughout the season,” said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson.  “For example, we’ve partnered with the country's premier weather data provider to offer a powerful, easy-to-use smartphone app that will give families the weather and mitigation information they want when they need it without unnecessary over alerting and confusion.  That’s the essence of Mitigation 2.0.”

“No matter what type of threat a storm inflicts – wind or water – mitigation is an essential component of successful preparedness,” said National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb.  “Mitigation 2.0 leverages technology to deliver critical information with speed and ease so more families can prepare.”
Each Mitigation 2.0 resource is aligned with the Hurricane Preparedness Week topic of the day to give families a streamlined path to hurricane readiness.

Monday, May 27:  Storm Surge
• “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Learn why with this safety animation -- click ** here **.
• See what a flood can cost you with the Flood Damage Calculator -- click ** here **.
Tuesday, May 28:  Wind
• Learn how to conduct a Do-It-Yourself Wind Inspection -- click ** here ** and find the strengths and weaknesses of your home before the season starts with this video -- click ** here **.
Wednesday, May 29:  Inland Flooding
View this animation ** here ** and learn how to:
• Dry or wet flood proof your home to either prevent floodwaters from entering or allow them to flow through unused parts of your home with this animation.
• Elevate appliances like the furnace, HVAC and washer/dryer 12” above the base flood elevation.
• Why you should purchase flood insurance -- click ** here ** as typical homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.

Thursday, May 30:  Forecast Process
Download FLASH Weather Alerts ** here ** for the one day price of $4.99 and:
• GPS, precision text-to-speech weather hazard warnings.
• Follow hurricane tracks and watch/warning areas.
• Discover how you can protect your home and prepare your family for disasters of all kinds.

Friday, May 31:  Get a Plan
View this video ** here ** and learn how to:
• Make a family emergency plan - click ** here **.
• Build a family hurricane emergency kit - click ** here **.

Saturday, June 1:  Take Action
View these videos and get your home hurricane-ready with DIY mitigation activities like:
• Measuring and cutting plywood panels for emergency shutters - click ** here **.
• Hurricane-proofing your landscaping -- click ** here **.
• Enhancing roof strength with adhesives, bracing and more -- click ** here **.

The beginning of yet another siege of severe storms & tornadoes Tue.  Click here to see video of a violent Northeast Kansas twister Tue. evening.  Significant tornadoes & severe storms will likely be pretty widespread Wed., Thu., Fri. & possibly into Sat. from the Southern Plains to Midwest to Ohio Valley & Great Lakes.

Local amateur astronomer photographer Mike Rosset took this gorgeous pic (Mandarin) of the planet conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury & Venus Tue. evening in the western sky -- beautiful!

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