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Nor'easter Moving Away... Record Low Highs... Earth Day... Lyrid Meteor Shower... Anchorman II!

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Updated: 4/22/2013 11:25 pm
Well....our nasty weekend came to fruition though we did manage moments when there was some "outdoor" weather.  Sat. was when the cold front rolled through the area with rain & cool temps.  The high of 62 at JIA tied the record low max for April 20th set in 1926.  Weak low pressure formed on the front east of Fl. Sun. & -- when combined with strong high pressure to the north -- produced a "local" Nor'easter that really started to crank in the afternoon & continued through Mon.  Wind gusts peaked between 35 & 45 mph early Mon. while rain finally diminished by late morning.  But the clouds, wind & rain combined for a very cool day with the high at JIA of 64 breaking the record low high for April 22nd of 67 degrees in 1901 (the all-time cool April high is 53 degrees)...the avg. if 80 degrees.  Rainfall since Fri. totaled 1.16" at JIA...1.52" at Fleming Island & 1.19" at Jax Beach.
So now we'll get a nice taste of spring the rest of this week.  Temps. Tue. will still be below avg. but reach the mid 70s inland though only near 70 degrees at the beaches where northeast winds will still be gusty with rough seas & surf & a high rip current risk.  Wed. & Thu. will turn quite warm with far less wind & calmer conditions at area beaches.  Highs will reach near or a little above 80.
A weak front will settle across the First Coast Fri. with a widely scattered shower or storm but not widespread rain.  A little better shot at scattered showers & storms by late Sun. into Mon.

It was the 43rd "Earth Day" Monday.  Click ** here ** to learn about the history of Earth Day from "Kars4Kids".  Click ** here ** for info. from "Earth Day Network".

The Lyrid meteor shower is at its peak.  Click ** here ** for more info. from "EarthSky".  NASA has photos & live stream viewing -- click ** here**. The photo below is courtesy NASA.

So Anchorman II is being shot locally at St. Simons Island -- click here & here for the story from Action News.  Is it possible that the sequel can at all live up to the original??!!  Time will tell but in the meantime....."stay classy" Jacksonville.  Check out the photo below -- our own Steve Wrigley with his wine-colored jacket vs. the one & only Ron Burgundy.

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