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Unseasonable Start to Dec.... A Little Dec. Reality... Weekend Storm... Antarctica: Coldest Place in the World

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Updated: 12/10/2013 11:45 pm

The end of our Dec. "heat wave" has arrived. Every day this month has been above avg. -- most of those days far above avg. 5 of the first 10 days of Dec. hit 80 degrees including a record high of 83 Thu., Fri. & Sat. The high of 84 Mon. tied the record for the date (2004) & for the month of Dec. The temp. has hit 84 degrees on 8 occassions in Dec. since 1871.

Tue.'s cold front brought widespread rain & -- though briefly heavy -- amounts were less than a third of an inch. Photo #1 below shows a beautiful sunset reflection in a puddle shot by Mobarick Abdullah.... pic #2 is by Rebeccah Ellie & shows one of the rain squalls looking north from the Buckman Bridge.

So we're in for a stretch of cooler temps. Winds will be gusty out of the northeast Wed. helping to usher in much cooler air along with a few showers that will move inland off the Atlantic. Temps. will spend most of the day in the 50s only topping out near 60 at the beaches & the low to mid 60s inland.

The next local weather story will be a weekend storm system. The dynamic fast-moving storm will develop over the Southeast U.S. & move swiftly to the northeast. Low pressure should develop near or just north of the Gulf Coast Fri. night-early Sat. then move to near Atlanta Sat. & off the east coast Sunday. A warm front will shift quickly north Sat. leaving the First Coast in the warm sector with another day of well above avg. temps. The cold front will bring a solid band of rain Sat. night-early Sun. with perhaps a few t'storms. Rain will end Sun. morning leaving behind partly cloudy skies, breezy north/northwest winds & cooler temps.

The coldest place in the world....from NASA:

What is the coldest place in the world? It is a high 13,000 foot ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6° Fahrenheit (minus 92° Celsius.   
This image ** here ** shows a map of the Land Surface Temperature as measured by the MODIS sensor on NASA's Aqua satellite, with the clear-sky scenes from the NASA/USGS Landsat 8 satellite used in the study marked in purple. (Image below courtesy NASA/USGS)

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