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Buresh Blog: Jacksonville Heat Island Study... Not all the Weather is Extreme... Night Skies

Jacksonville, FL — Updated every day through the hurricane season - “Talking the Tropics With Mike”.

The Jacksonville heat island study has been released. The is part of a nationwide study that’s been ongoing for years. Realize heat island effects have been a “thing” for decades every since there have been large cities with a lot of buildings & concrete. City heat islands can increase local temps. within a city by as much as 5-10 degrees F. The full summary is * here *. The story from morning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh:

Some good weather news - not all facets of the weather have been extreme this year. Prime examples include the number of hurricanes - especially over the usually very active North Pacific (but the Atlantic is below avg. *so far* too).... & the number of U.S. tornadoes is well below avg. (for the 3rd straight year):

As of this writing, Aug. still has had no Atlantic named storms let alone hurricanes. But such a quiet beginning to the hurricane season can turn around on a dime by late Aug./Sept./early Oct.

Night skies from Sky & Telescope:

Aug. 19 (morning): The last-quarter Moon, Mars, and the Pleiades span less than 6° high above the eastern horizon.

Aug. 23 (dawn): The Moon, in Gemini, forms a pretty triangle with Castor and Pollux in the east-northeast.

Aug. 25 (dawn): A remarkably thin crescent Moon and Venus rise 6° apart above the east-northeastern horizon.

Aug. 30 (morning): Mars is halfway between Aldebaran and the Pleiades in Taurus.

Aug. 30 (dusk): The waxing crescent Moon is 4° to the upper right of Spica. Catch the pair before they set in the west.

Sep. 3 (dusk): Look south-southwest to see the first-quarter Moon 5° left or upper left of the Scorpion’s heart, Antares.

Sep. 7 (morning): High in the east, Mars and Aldebaran form a pretty pair; around 4° separates planet from star.

Sep. 7 (evening): The waxing gibbous Moon gleams above the southern horizon about 7° lower right of Saturn.

Moon Phases

First Quarter August 5 7:07a.m. EDT

Full Moon August 11 9:36 p.m. EDT (Full Sturgeon Moon, also Full Barley Moon, Full Grain Moon)

Last Quarter August 19 12:36 a.m. EDT

New Moon August 27 4:17 a.m. EDT

Fri., Aug. 19th marks 20 years since my first day on the air at CBS47/Fox30 in Jacksonville! “Time flies” has never been so true. The “Buresh Blog” began in 2004 followed by “Talking the Tropics With Mike” in 2005. I’ve posted literally thousands of articles in the blogosphere. My mom (bless her soul, ‘08) became a local star when she was in a commercial with me in 2006. I’ve put in a tremendous amount of working hours - tropical storms/hurricanes Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Jeanne & Ivan in 2004... Katrina & Wilma in ‘05... a big Southside hail storm June 1st, 2008... Fay in ‘08... Beryl on Memorial Day weekend, 2012... Joaquin & the El Faro disaster that killed 33 in 2015... Hurricane Matthew in ‘16... Irma & the big d’town Jax flood in ‘17... mighty Michael in ‘18. I’ll never forget driving in the First Alert Storm Tracker to S. Carolina w/ Garrett Bedenbaugh, videographer Rus Pyne & my teenage daughter in Aug., ‘17 to take in the spectacular total solar eclipse. I’ve seen my family expand then contract as my wife & I became empty nesters. We survived Covid-19 & found new places to explore close to home. And I’ve had a chance to help raise a good deal of money for local charities + visit literally thousands of school kids talking “All the Weather, All the Time”. Here’s to another *** years......... :)

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