Buresh Blog: 2021 Hurricane Season... Salv. Army Volunteers... Cool/Dry May... June Averages

June Night Skies

Jacksonville, Fl. — So the 2021 hurricane season is underway! “Talking the Tropics With Mike” is updated every day of season through Nov. 30th.

First Alert satellite of the tropical Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf of Mexico:

After a record breaking season last year, ‘21 is forecast to be active too. Being prepared now can go a long way in helping you survive & recover should a storm directly impact your community & neighborhood - click * here *. Download the First Alert hurricane guide * here *. Two great hurricane programs with all kinds of info. & storm stories:

* “Preparing for the Storm

* The Ins & Outs of Hurricane Season

“Ana” briefly became a tropical storm over the N. Central Atlantic in mid May.

Only about every other June has a named Atlantic storm with numbers picking up dramatically in Aug./Sept./Oct.:

As we head into the hurricane season, the Salvation Army is seeking disaster assistance volunteers:

There are 6 steps to be fully credentialed

  • Disaster worker profile current and up to date at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
  • Completion of Intro to EDS training (available in person or online)
  • Safe From Harm training
  • Required Releases signed
  • Photo Uploaded to profile (photo taken in front of a solid color background with a focus on the face)
  • Background Check recorded on profile

We’re coming off a nice, “cool” May - the 11th coolest on record but also a dry month - the 4th driest May on record in Jacksonville going back to 1871. April & May are only 1 of 3 back to back months with below avg. temps. in the last 5 years.

The spring as a whole - March/April/May will go down as the coolest since 2013 at 67.2 degrees/-1.3 degrees & the 30th coolest for Jacksonville since 1871. The 8.79″ of rain was 0.85″ below avg.

Our June averages at JIA:

June night skies from Sky & Telescope:

June 10 (dawn): An annular solar eclipse occurs along a track that stretches from Ontario, northern Canada, North Pole, and Siberia. The Northeast U.S. will see a deep partial eclipse that peaks at or just after dawn. (not visible from Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. Pic below by Kevin Baird on May 20, 2012:

June 13 (dusk): Thin lunar crescent is 3° from Mars, with the Beehive Cluster (M44) 4° left of the Moon.

June 15 (dusk): Waxing lunar crescent and the bright star Regulus (in Leo) sit some 4° apart.

June 19 (evening): Waxing gibbous Moon gleams almost 5° from bright star Spica (in Virgo).

June 20: Solstice, at 11:32 p.m. EDT. Summer begins, longest daylight of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

June 21 (dusk): Very low on the west-northwestern horizon Venus blazes 5° from Pollux (in Gemini).

June 22 (evening): The Moon, two days from full, is 3½° from Antares (in Scorpius).

June 23 (dusk): Mars is in the midst of the Beehive Star Cluster (use binoculars); crossing lasts from 22nd to 24th.

June 27 (dawn): Waning gibbous Moon is 5° below Saturn in the south. Jupiter is left of the pair.

June 28 (dawn): The Moon is parked between Jupiter and Saturn, and the trio forms an eye-catching triangle.

June 30 (dawn): The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn adorn the southern horizon in a graceful arc.

July 2 (dusk): Look very low over northwestern horizon to see Venus in Cancer near the Beehive Star Cluster.

July 5: Earth is at aphelion, farthest from the Sun for the year (3.4% farther than at perihelion in January).

Moon Phases

Last Quarter – June 2, 3:24 a.m. EDT

New Moon – June 10, 6:53 a.m. EDT

(annular solar eclipse; partial in Northeast at/after sunrise)

First Quarter – June 17, 11:54 p.m. EDT

Full Moon – June 26, 2:40 p.m. EDT

(Full Strawberry Moon)