On to the New Year! A warming trend to begin '13 as temps. will warm well into the 60s Mon. afternoon & into the 70s New Year's Day.
The Gator Bowl
will be very mild with temps. warming into the 70s during the game under partly sunny skies with a sotherly breeze 10-15 mph.
A few showers will occur Wed. with another mild day, but the best chance for widespread rain will be Thu. While temps. turn a little cooler late in the week, no real cold air appears imminent despite a true winter chill across the Northern U.S.
If traveling this week, no real big winter storms this week though there will be some snow at the northern edge of the storm system bringing the First Coast rain Wed. & Thu. into Fri. from Oklahomas to parts of the Ohio Valley into parts of New England. For highway conditions, click here
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.Mobile, Al. was hit by the 2nd tornado is less than week Christmas Day.
The EF-2 (click here
) tornado was preceded by an EF-1 Thu., Dec. 20th (click here
). The same storm brought heavy snow from Texas & Arkansas to Ohio & New England. The pic below is from Matt Murrell near Dayton, Oh.
I received a number of interesting photos of a long, narrow cloud that developed near sunset in the western sky Wed., Dec. 26th. This was a combination of jet contrails (mostly north-south) & an east-west mid level cloud. The setting sun made for some brilliant colors. It's possible that the cloud was a form of "street cloud" formed when strong upper level winds occur near the base of the cloud that's formed in what is a generally dry lower level air mass. Usually there are at least several of these types of clouds when they occur vs. the single one that was visible Wed. Photos below are from Dean Kirkendall-Argyle, Natasha Wiggins-Jax, Therese White-O. Park, Barb Makarsky-Clay Co. & Joyce Higgerson.