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Updated: 12/22/2013 11:42 pm
Sunday night update (record temps. over the weekend.  The 84 Sunday is especially significant in that it was the 3rd time this month, Jax has hit 84.  Such a feat was only accomplished 6 times in all the Dec.'s going back to 1871! Another interesting note: at 11pm Sun., the temp. range in the Lower 48 was 97 degrees between Jax & Williston, N.D.!):

RECORD EVENT REPORT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
530 PM EST SUN DEC 22 2013

...DAILY RECORD HIGH AND RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES BROKEN AND DECEMBER MONTHLY ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT JACKSONVILLE TODAY...

THE LOW TEMPERATURE AT THE JACKSONVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FELL TO ONLY 68 DEGREES THIS MORNING. THE AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 84 DEGREES. THESE VALUES HAVE BROKEN THE DAILY RECORD HIGH MINIMUM AND RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATE...RESPECTIVELY. THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 66 DEGREES WAS ESTABLISHED ON THIS DATE IN 2006. THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 82 DEGREES WAS ESTABLISHED ON THIS DATE IN 1967.

FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS MONTH...JACKSONVILLE TIED THE DECEMBER MONTHLY ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 84 DEGREES. SINCE CLIMATE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1871 AT JACKSONVILLE...THE TEMPERATURE HAS REACHED 84 DEGREES IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER A TOTAL OF NINE TIMES.

ORIGINAL FRI. POST:

Winter "arrives" Sat. @ 12:11pm EST -- the Winter Solstice -- but temps. will feel anything but winter-like all weekend. It's possible Jax will reach the all-time Dec. high of 84 Sunday as temps. soar nearly 20 degrees above avg.  The image below is from "EarthSky" -- remember that the reason for our seasons has everything to do with the
tilt of the earth.

The unseasonably warm temps. will continue into Mon. in advance of a cold front/storm system (that will trigger severe storms & flooding from Texas to Ohio & an ice & snow storm on the storm's backside). Clouds will thicken through the day with a band of showers & possibly a few t'storms moving from west to east late in the afternoon into the evening.

Once the front shifts south & east, much cooler air will follow. Christmas Eve & Christmas Day will feel a lot more like December(!) with highs only from 60-65 & lows in the 30s inland to 40s closer to the coast.

(From Air Sports Net):

CBS 47/Fox 30 Action News, Cox Radio, Ashley Furniture HomeStore & the Salvation Army were busy Fri. delivering gifts & furniture to two families struggling against cancer.  I walked away thinking "don't waste time sweating the little things".  Click ** here ** for the story.

We appreciate everyone that helped with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree this season.

Earth Gauge: Celebrate with Water – and Wallet – Savings 

The average family spends 1,100 dollars per year in water and sewer costs. Each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water per day, but can save as much as 30 of those gallons by following a few simple steps.

Viewer Tip: Pinching pennies after holiday shopping? Remember these water-saving tips.

  • When you wash dishes by hand, fill up the sink with water and rinse once instead of letting the water run. When you use the dishwasher, make sure it’s fully loaded.
  • While you’re at it, scrape that plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
  • Replace bathroom faucet aerators (the small screens you can screw on the end of your tap) with WaterSense labeled models that will reduce water use without a noticeable difference in flow.
  • Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator overnight rather than under a stream of water.
  • When you’re getting ready for holiday parties, turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Consider a WaterSense labeled water fixture or ENERGY STAR qualified appliance when you replace older models.

This information is provided by the U.S. EPA WaterSense Program. Learn more ** here **.

State of the Climate Report - Highlights from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Visit ** here ** for more information.

Climate Fact: Dryness and Surges of Arctic Air in the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia) 

Mean temperatures across the Southeast were variable for the month of November. Most of the region had temperatures from one to five degrees Fahrenheit below normal, with the exception of Florida which had temperatures up to three degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Mean temperatures were also below normal for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A surge of Arctic air hit the region on November 12-14, lowering temperatures to more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal. A second surge of Arctic air hit the region one week later, lowering temperatures to more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal. November was a dry month for the Southeast and 50 percent of the region experienced abnormally dry (D0) conditions by the end of the month. Precipitation totals varied throughout the region and some states experienced wintry precipitation. Precipitation totals were less than 50 percent of normal from southern Alabama to central Georgia, as well as in central portions of Florida and the Carolinas. Precipitation was above normal in portions of Florida and Georgia. Precipitation was variable in Puerto Rico and above normal in the U.S. Virgin islands. Seventeen reports of extreme weather in the Southeast included three tornadoes (EF-2, EF-1, and EF-0 respectively), injuring people and causing structural damage.

Climate in the News: “Arctic Cyclones More Common Than Previously Thought”Science Daily. December 11, 2013 —  From 2000 to 2010, about 1,900 cyclones churned across the top of the world each year, leaving warm water and air in their wakes – and melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

Have a great & safe weekend!

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