Nov. 19, 2019 — The 2019 hurricane season is winding down even as the 18th named storm of the season - Sebastien - churns over the Central Atlantic. That's the most named storms in a season since 19 in 2012. Daily updates on the tropics: "Talking the Tropics With Mike".
After a very warm fall so far, Nov. has turned cool with more than half the days below avg. in Jacksonville including at least 7 straight days beginning Nov. 13th, the longest such stretch since the last 7 days of January!
This comes after a very warm Oct. globally with only a few exceptions. The most notable "cool spot" was right over the Central U.S. & nearby areas. Oct. was the 43rd Oct. in a row (2nd warmest Oct.) & 418th month in a row with above avg. global temps. For Jacksonville specifically, the month was the 6th warmest Oct. on record.
Land & ocean temps. combined are making 2019 at least a top 5 warmest on record:
For Jacksonville specifically this year so far:
November is "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" & Nov. 21 is "World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day". Pancreatic cancer hit my family hard when my mom was diagnosed in July, 2007 then dying from the wretched disease 9 months later in April, 2008. I chronicled her very brave & graceful battle: "A Very Personal Journey: My mom's battle against pancreatic cancer".
Emcee for "PurpleStride":
My mom during healthier days:
My mom & I at a wedding just days before she was diagnosed:
Of course, Alex Trebek's recent stage IV diagnosis has brought more attention to a disease that kills 95% of its victims in less than 10 years, often in 5 years or less.
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