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Stormy Afternoons Ahead... July: UV Safety Month

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Updated: 7/30/2013 11:02 pm

Storms increased a bit Tue. afternoon but rainfall -- while locally heavy -- was widely scattered.  Middleburg was soaked by 3" of rain in one hour from 3-4pm.  Storms will increase Wed. with the trend continuing through Thu. before lessening some Fri.  Storms will have a  tendency to develop by early afternoon & move west to east Wed. then more north to south Thu. & Fri.

Radar imagery below courtesy S. Fl. Water Management District:


July is (was) UV Safety Month

From "Earth Gauge": The sun emits radiation in the form of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation is at its highest when and where the sun’s rays are the strongest. This means that UV levels will be highest around noon on a clear sunny day, as well as during the summer months. UV levels will also be highest near surfaces that reflect sunlight, such as water, snow and sand. Exposure to UV can cause sunburn, skin aging, skin cancer and eye damage.  While skin cancer is largely preventable, it is the most common form of cancer in the United States – one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. (See state-by-state statistics about skin cancer from EPA.)

Stay safe in the sun with these tips:

    * Wear sunscreen: Sunscreens with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 and above provide protection by preventing UV radiation from reaching your skin. Reapply every two hours and after swimming, working or exercising outside.
    * Wear sunglasses: Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have 100 percent UV protection. Check the label for the protection level.
    * Work and play in the shade: When you are outside, wear tightly woven clothing and a wide brimmed hat to reduce the amount of UV radiation coming into contact with your skin. Remember that pets need shade, too.

To see skin cancer facts for Fl., click ** here **....for Georgia, click ** here **.

Remember that exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause sunburn, skin aging, skin cancer and eye damage. While skin cancer is largely preventable, it is the most common form of cancer in the United States - one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Be sure to wear sunscreen, wear sunglasses and shade yourself for protection from UV radiation. Click ** here ** for more info. from the EPA's "SunWise".

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