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NO Snow(!).... Chilly Weather Pattern... January: "Radon Action Month"

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Updated: 1/16 11:15 am

When it comes to credibility in the world of meteorology, some of the local & First Coast forecasters are not doing the profession any favors.

The CBS 47 & Fox 30 First Alert Forecast has been for no frozen precip while there were forecasts floating out there with such verbiage as a 10% of flurries Wed. night/early Thu. along with other descriptions of the impending winter weather.

o.k.....well.... there's a 10% chance of a lot of things:

-- that my hair will start to grow back

-- that there will be a waterspout

-- that climate change will end

-- that someone will tell me the First Alert Weather Center had snow in the forecast [- NOT!]

-- that a hurricane will never again hit Jax (last one was "Dora" in 1964)

-- that the Jax Shipyards will ever be developed

-- that Anchor Man II will be as good -- or better -- than the original Anchor Man (it's not)

-- that Tim Tebow will again be a starting QB in the NFL

-- that the Jags will not draft a QB for their first pick

-- that I will get more than 5 hours of sleep on any week night

-- that the weekend will get here fast enough to keep me sane(!)

So....on to the real weather story: cold. A pretty active & deep upper level trough will reside farther east (than most of the winter so far) over the U.S. through the middle of next week allowing for several cold fronts to move through the First Coast. Each front could bring a few mostly minor showers but -- more importantly -- each front will reinforce the chilly air. As a whole, temps. will stay below avg. the next 6-7 days.

National Radon Action Month: 

January is National Radon Action Month. What is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas produced when uranium in soil decays; it can be found all over the United States. Radon gas moves up through the ground into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation, becoming trapped inside. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about one out of every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it can be harmful – it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Tip: Winter is a great time to test your home for radon. When windows and doors are sealed tightly, radon levels inside your home can rise. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes a few minutes.

If you find high levels of radon in your home, the problem can be fixed! Some radon reduction systems can reduce levels in your home by up to 99 percent.

Additional resources:

(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon.”)

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