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Updated: 11/08/2013 7:15 am

The strong cold front has moved across the First Coast & will deliver quite a change for Fri. Temps. will only reach the 60s with a few 70s well inland. Gusty north to northeast winds will make temps. feel even cooler despite a good deal of sun.

The weekend will begin very cool with inland temps. early Sat. in the 40s followed by afternoon highs in the low 70s. Temps. will be several degrees milder Sunday. Overall....it's a pretty nice autumn weekend.

Typhoon "Haiyan" pounded the Philippines Thu. It's possible that the super typhoon hit the first islands of the Philippines with sustained winds nearing 200 mph!

"Haiyan" entered the Philippines near Butuan & south of Calbayon passing approximately 125 miles (200 km) to the south of Manila upon its exit from the islands.  Check out these "EarthCams". News updates, video, photos from CNN ** here **.

Check out the incredible radar time lapse below of the distinct eye of "Haiyan" as the storm roared through the Islands Thu. (courtesy Brian McNoldy, RSMAS, University of Miami)

Freedom Boat Club at Julington Creek is new site for ‘Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids’

                        It is not an uncommon predicament for boaters. You are out on the water, with family and friends, and suddenly realize there are more children on board than life jackets that fit them.

     First, there is the issue of safety. Second is the issue of the law. You do not want to ignore either one.

      Now, boaters in the Jacksonville area have a simple solution. The Julington Creek location of the Freedom Boat Club is participating in the BoatU.S. Foundation’s “Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids.”

      The program allows boaters to borrow a child’s life jacket for a day at no charge. Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville, based at Julington Creek, is one of more than 500 locations across the country that is participating in the program, which began in 1997.

       “We are committed to boating safety and encouraging best practices on the water,” said Lisa Almeida of the Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “We are very pleased that the BoatU.S. Foundation selected us to participate in this worthwhile program.”

        Here is how the program works. If a boating family realizes there are not enough properly fitting children’s life jackets on board, they can visit the Freedom Boat Club location at Julington Creek – on land or water -- and sign out an infant, child, or youth jacket for the day. When they have finished for the day, they return it to the same location.

     Each year, more than 140,000 life jackets are loaned nationally as part of the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water program.

     “We love to see families involved in boating,” Almeida said. “It is a fun, exhilarating activity. But we want to see that people are safe, properly equipped and trained.”

For questions & more info, call: Phone: (904) 625-1847

Morbillivirus Outbreak Reaches Florida (I posted about this possibility a few months ago)

NOAA Fisheries experts will provide an update Friday on dolphin unusual mortality event along east coast.  According to NOAA Fisheries experts the morbillvirus, killing hundreds of bottlenose dolphins along the east coast, has now reached Florida.

As part of an ongoing joint project between UAHuntsville, NOAA and NASA, Christy 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.
Global Temperature Report: October 2013

Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C per decade

October temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: +0.22 C (about 0.40 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for October.

Northern Hemisphere: +0.23 C (about 0.41 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for October.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.22 C (about 0.40 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for October.

Tropics: +0.04 C (about 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for October.

September temperatures (revised):

Global Composite: +0.37 C above 30-year average

Northern Hemisphere: +0.34 C above 30-year average

Southern Hemisphere: +0.39 C above 30-year average

Tropics: +0.19 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 Nov. 5, 2013:

In October the atmosphere saw a general cooling relative to September, according to Dr. John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Temperatures over the tropics fell back to near normal, which is consistent with a neutral year where there is neither an El Niño Pacific Ocean warming event nor a La Niña cooling event.

Compared to seasonal norms, in October the warmest area on the globe was in the Gulf of Alaska near Juneau, where the average temperature for the month was 3.93 C (more than 7 degrees F) warmer than seasonal norms. The coolest area was in the Kara Sea north of Russia, where tropospheric temperatures were 2.59 C (about 4.66 degrees F) cooler than seasonal norms.

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