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Toasty Fri... Lunar Eclipse (sort of)... Weekend Front... JEA Great Tree Giveway... Rocket Contrail

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Updated: 10/18/2013 5:36 pm

We're in for a very warm end to the week with Fri. afternoon's highs reaching well into the 80s with a few inland spots between Highway 301 & I-75 touching 90 degrees. So we'll be within a few degrees of record highs which are in the lower 90s & well above the avg. high for the date of 80 degrees.

A weak cool front will settle southward across the First Coast over the weekend. The front will trigger showers but rain does not look to be very heavy with amounts averaging less than a quarter of an inch. Sat. will still be warm & rather humid with highs in the 80s but with increasing cloud cover & scattered morning showers across SE Ga. spreading into NE Fl. from midday through the afternoon. Not a washout but some drops to dodge. The cool front will settle south Sat. night-Sun. stalling near or a little north of I-4. This position should be far enough south to take most of the light rain Sun. morning that will be near Jax & the I-10 corridor farther to the south -- south of at least Highway 16 by Sun. afternoon. So by the Jags' kickoff @ 1pm....skies will be mostly cloudy, a few sprinkles will still be possible, an E/NE breeze at 5-10 mph & temps. in the mid to upper 70s but still a little muggy.

The front will try to return northward early next week, & we could see a pretty decent round of rain from Mon. night-early Wed. There are some indications of perhaps some pretty cool air moving into Jax & surrounding areas by late next week.

We'll be able to see a lunar eclipse Fri. evening (Oct. 18) [image below courtesy NOAA/N.W.S.] -- a penumbral lunar eclipse. This is not the quite the same as a total eclipse & is not as noticeable. That's because the moon is only in the faint outer portion of the earth's shadow (caused because the earth sits between the sun & moon casting a shadow on the moon). Click ** here ** for more info. from space.com. More interesting (visually) lunar eclipses will occur in 2014 & will be visible from the First Coast - on April 15th & Oct. 8th.  I found a pretty cool web site with good graphic & animations - click ** here **.  There will, by the way, be a very brief partial solar eclipse visible from the First Coast right at sunrise Nov. 3rd.

From JEA:

Save Time, Save Trees

When you sign up for JEA's eBill service, your bill comes straight to your email on time, every time. If you ever need a printed bill, you can easily access your bill history online and print it out then.

As an added benefit, once you sign up for eBill, you can pay your bill online using a desktop computer or mobile device. It’s fast, easy and convenient. All it takes is one click and you’re done. When you sign up for JEA’s ebill, you’re helping us save trees - and that’s good for the environment.

What’s better than saving trees?

Planting new trees is, of course. During electric, water and/or sewer improvements, JEA sometimes must remove trees that are in the way of construction. The Jacksonville City Tree Ordinance requires JEA to replace those trees with ones that are at least 8 feet tall, a process known as mitigation.

This year, we decided to partner with customers who care about the environment as much as we do. We decided to give these mitigation trees out on a first come, first served basis to new eBill customers to plant in their own yards.

(I can speak from experience: eBill is easy & convenient to use, & the JEA web site is simple to navigate & very accommodating).

From NASA: interesting rocket contrail photos taken from the Int'l Space Station:

Luca Parmitano, Italian astronaut, photographed from Int'l Space Station a rocket contrail -- click ** here ** on October 10th rising above the Earth’s twilight horizon."It turns out it was a Russian missile launch from  Kazakhstan." His second image shows the missle's contrail being blown back and forth by winds at different levels of the upper atmosphere. 

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