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Wet & Windy... April Numbers... May Night Skies... Solar Flare!

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Updated: 5/01/2013 11:14 pm

Thu. has the potential to be a very wet day thanks to a combination of persistent onshore east winds & an upper level disturbance moving east from the Gulf of Mexico.  Bands of rain should pivot west & northwest & will be heavy at times.  It's possible that some of the bands will become nearly stationary which would result in some locally very heavy rain totals.  The favored area will be Northeast Fl. including metro Jax while amounts should be less over most of SE Ga. with the possible exception of the area from I-95 to the coast.
Temps. will stay cool along with gusty east winds that will make for rough water at area beaches along with a high rip current risk.
Rain will become more on-&-off Fri. but could still be locally heavy.  By the weekend there will still be scattered showers but also some dry hours with warmer temps. & less wind.

April is in the weather "books" & was slightly warmer & wetter than average.  The avg. temp. of 67.7 degrees was 0.7 degrees above avg.  3 record temps. were set:
(1) the low of 70 degrees on the 12th tied the record warmest low for the date set in 1883
(2) the high of 62 degrees on the 20th tied the record low high temp. for the date last set in 1926
(3) the high of 64 degrees on the 22nd broke the daily record low high temp. of 67 degrees set in 1901.
Rainfall at JIA was 3.06" - 0.42" above avg.  That's good news as we head into the peak of the wildfire season.  Our Jax N.W.S. provided the list below of other April rainfall reports:
JACKSONVILLE VICINITY...             NORTHEAST FLORIDA...

JACKSONVILLE BEACH..... 4.15         LIVE OAK ............ 3.96
JACKSONVILLE NAS....... 3.91         GAINESVILLE ......... 3.48
FORT CAROLINE.......... N/A          LAKE CITY 2E......... 4.66
BIG TALBOT ISLAND...... 4.01         FEDERAL POINT........ 3.61
LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND... 4.45         ST. AUGUSTINE LITEHS. 3.64
WHITE HOUSE............ N/A          ST. AUGUSTINE ARPT... 3.68
CRAIG FIELD............ 4.02         HASTINGS 4NE......... 3.78
MAYPORT NS............. 3.55         HIGH SPRINGS......... 2.65
SOUTH PONTE VEDRA...... 2.39         JASPER............... 9.73
GUANA RIVER ST PARK.... 3.18         BELL 4NW............. 3.58
BEAUCLERC.............. 4.99         ORANGE SPRINGS 2SSW.. 4.68
                                     PALM COAST NE........ 3.91
                                     OCALA................ 4.07
                                     STARKE............... 2.95
                                     CRESCENT CITY........ 4.62
                                     GLEN ST MARY......... 2.83
                                     FERNANDINA BEACH..... 3.87
                                     JUNIPER SPRINGS...... 1.68
                                     FLAGLER BEACH........ 6.04
                                     BUNNELL.............. 3.23

SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...

BAXLEY 5NNW............ 3.45         WOODBINE............. 3.40
ST SIMONS ISLAND..... 2.80
HOMERVILLE 5N.......... 5.73         ALMA................. 3.24
PRIDGEN................ 3.71         PATTERSON............ 4.88
WAYCROSS 4NE........... 4.80         MANOR................ 5.83
NAHUNTA 6NE............ 4.66         HAZLEHURST........... 4.26
FARGO 17NE............. 6.46        

NASA has an eye on the May nighttime skies (click here for video):
May is a great month to see a lovely collection of constellations with your own eyes and view objects studied by NASA spacecraft and telescopes.

Use the moon to help locate the constellations this month.

On May 13 the crescent moon is between the 'feet' of the Gemini twins. The stars Pollux and Castor mark the heads of the twins.

The Eskimo Nebula, studied by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a fine object to view through small telescopes.

From the 14th through the 17th the moon passes the pretty Beehive Cluster located in the Y-shaped constellation Cancer.

The first planets to be found orbiting sun-like stars in a star cluster were found in the Beehive by NASA-funded astronomers using the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Arizona.

On the 18th and 19th you'll find the moon near the paws of Leo the Lion.

A trio of Leo galaxies have been extensively studied by many telescopes, including the European Southern Observatory's Visual Survey Telescope.

This trio -- M-65, M-66 and NGC-3628 -- is a popular target for amateur astrophotographers, too.

On the 22nd you'll find the moon near the V-shaped constellation Virgo -- and Saturn.

The Palomar telescope observed a chain of galaxies in the heart of the Virgo Cluster, another popular, but challenging, amateur astronomer target called Markarian's Chain.

Nearby are the constellations Cygnus and Lyra, home to the Kepler Habitable Planet Search Grid, where the smallest Habitable Zone planets were just discovered in April.

A major solar flare Wed.  From NASA (click here for the video):
A coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted from just around the edge of the sun on May 1, 2013, in a gigantic rolling wave.
 CMEs can shoot over a billion tons of particles into space at over a million miles per hour. This CME occurred on the sun’s limb and is not headed toward Earth. The video, taken in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), covers about two and a half hours.

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