July 6, 2017 - Though June is usually the start of our "wet season" in Jacksonville, the month was even wetter than average with nearly a foot of rain at JIA making June the 10th wettest on record. The feat is even more impressive when one considers none of the rainfall was due to a tropical system.
So with more rain, comes more mosquitoes. NASA has developed an APP -- for iPhone & Android -- that helps track mosquitoes! - click here.
With all the rain & clouds... June was also cooler than avg - by about 0.5 degrees - the first month with below avg. temps. since Feb., 2016!
July averages at JIA:
Low / High: 1st - 72 / 91 degrees.... 31st: 73 / 92
Sunrise / Sunset: 1st - 6:28am / 8:33pm.... 31st: 6:45am / 8:20pm - lose 30 min. of daylight.
So we're in the peak of our lightning season. REMEMBER: if you hear thunder or see lightning, get indoors & wait 30 minutes since the last clap of thunder before going back outside. Interesting tidbit from "WeatherBug".... Jacksonville ranked 9th on the U.S. list of cities - with at least a half million people - for most lightning.
Photo below from Victor Jackson, the evening of the 4th of July:
By "Florida Storm Chaser":
- Tampa, Fla.
- Cape Coral, Fla.
- Norman, Okla.
- Houston, Texas
- Oklahoma City
- Hialeah, Fla.
- West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Miramar, Fla.
- Jacksonville, Fla.
Some beautiful photos the last couple of weeks of an iridescent cloud near the tops of building cumulonimbus (thunderheads) clouds. Some were part of a classic pileus cloud which is formed by the upper level winds "bumping" into the building cloud which forces the air suddenly upward upon where it condenses to form a "cap cloud" (pileus). If the sun is shining on this cloud just right, then the sun's rays are bent & refracted by the ice crystals in the cloud to create a prism (rainbow) effect.
"@Modern Mia Gardening" / Brunswick, Ga:
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