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Weekend Storms at Times... "Earth Gauge": Heat Build-Up, June Weather, Dunes & Reefs

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Updated: 7/25/2013 11:02 pm

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T'storms will pick up again over the weekend.  We'll go back to a pattern similar to what we had last weekend through earlier this week. Storms will generally move from west to east or southwest to northeast with heavy downpours developing west of Jax late in the morning then spreading to the I-95 corridor & on to the coast through the afternoon. But days will not be a washout with still plenty of dry hour with hot sun.

Earth Gauge: Heat Build-Up
During the summer, we often think about how to stay cool while saving energy and money on utility bills.  While there are many adjustments you can make to your home cooling system to save energy, it’s also important to reduce heat build-up in your home so that your cooling system doesn’t have to work overtime.
Viewer Tip: Simple changes to your daily activities on hot days can help reduce the amount of heat build-up in your home.
• Cooking: On hot days, use the stovetop or microwave instead of the oven. If you cook on the stovetop, use the ventilation fan to remove heat from your home.
• Showering and bathing: Using hot water can heat up your home. Use a ventilation fan while showering and bathing to remove heat and humidity.
• Appliances: Wait until the early morning or evening hours to use appliances that generate heat, including the dishwasher, clothes dryer and small devices like hair dryers and curling irons. Stereos, televisions and computers also generate some heat.

(Source: U.S. Department of Energy. “Energy Savers: Avoiding Heat Buildup.”)

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

Climate Fact: June was Exceptionally Wet for the Southeast

Temperatures were up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in most of the Southeast region, except for southwest Florida, central portions of Georgia and the Carolinas. Minimum temperatures for June were exceptionally warm, up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit above average, breaking 200 daily records. More than half of the region reported 200 to 400 percent of normal precipitation. Augusta and Macon, Georgia had their wettest Junes on record. Greensboro, North Carolina and Roanoke, Virginia had the highest number of rainy days for any June on record. There was widespread rain from Florida to Virginia due to Tropical Storm Andrea. A plume of tropical moisture produced heavy rainfall and flooding, damaging 60 buildings at the University of North Carolina. There were 21 tornadoes reported in June.  A derecho coming from the Midwest crossed Virginia, North Carolina, North South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, resulting in four casualties throughout the Southeast.
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Climate in the News: “The Best Defense Against Catastrophic Storms: Mother Nature, Researchers Say” – Science Daily, July 17, 2013Natural habitats such as dunes and reefs are critical to protecting millions of U.S. residents and billions of dollars in property from coastal storms.

Have a great & safe weekend!

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