Buresh Blog: Moon/Jupiter/Saturn... Winter’s Fast Start “Up North”... Hot September

Buresh Blog: Moon/Jupiter/Saturn... Winter’s Fast Start “Up North”... Hot September

Jacksonville, FL — 5 weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season: “Talking the Tropics With Mike” - updated everyday.

Pretty skies into this weekend & all one has to do is look up & find the moon! Very near the moon as it heads to the second full moon of the month on Halloween, are Saturn & Jupiter which are heading for a rare conjunction on Dec. 21st. Such a conjunction only occurs every 20 years, but the two planets will be at their closest conjunction since 1623! More info at EarthSky.org.

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While Jacksonville has remained warm, humid & - at times - wet through Oct. (except for the first week), winter is off to a fast start across the Northern U.S. Even areas that are used to snow, have had an unseasonably early dose of snow & cold. The pic below is I-35 in Des Moines, Iowa on Oct. 19th.

The chilly Oct. “up north” follows another warm September - the 2nd warmest on record going back to 1951 (#1 is Sept., 2015). From NOAA:

The average global temperature in September was 1.75 degrees F — 0.97 of a degree C — above the 20th-century average of 59.0 degrees F (15.0 degrees C).

This surpasses the average global temperatures for both September 2015 and 2016 by 0.04 of a degree F (0.02 of a degree C), which previously tied for the hottest Septembers on record.

The 10-warmest Septembers have all occurred since 2005, with the seven-warmest Septembers occurring in the last seven years.