Saturday, December 18, 2010

Heaviest Rain Misses Us as this Forecast Goes to the Dogs! But the Holiday Dance Must Go On!

Saturday, December 18, 2010 (10 a.m.)

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Well it will certainly NOT be raining cats and dogs on our Saturday which we really needed with the stench of smoke in the air and an ugly mix of smoke and fog this morning. This forecast which had all the potential in the world for heavy rain is going to the dogs. I will explain why, but first some positive news! Speaking of dogs, here are the Glebus dogs all ready for the Jags game tomorrow. Bourke who is six is looking back at Jack who is two years old. They have been waiting their whole lives for the Jags to bring home their first division title since 1999, which is a much LONGER wait in dog years. Yes! They are wearing some nice threads. Their favorite player is Maurice Jones Drew and love imitating him by running around the house lightning quick. The Yorkie Jag fan club is excited that there will be some good dog walking weather today and once again Sunday. The good news for our Jags is the roof at Lucas Oil Field will be closed since the forecast high temperature is 27 degrees. The NFL mandates that the home team with a retractable roof has to close it with temperatures below 40! The actual indoor temperature at Lucas Oil will be closer to 70 in the stands and 80 on the field. This is Jags weather, advantage Jacksonville! Normally the Jags are 1-8 all-time in games with temperatures of 27 or lower, but tomorrow we can throw that statistic out the window.

Another statistic we can throw out was 80% of all our models today showed at least a half-inch of rain for us. There was one model at 4 a.m. this morning that showed most of the rain missing us. Guess which one won out? You got it. Check out the very latest forecast rain estimates in at noon today and notice how the rain is doing the infamous split around Jacksonville. I would be happy with .25" at this point and still do think we will see a few rain showers by late this afternoon and evening. They will not be anything to write home about but any rain at all is welcome rain. There will be plenty of dry weather to get outside and even fish in. It will be warm with highs topping out in the upper 60s to near 70. In Georgia to the north of the front and where there will be a little more rain it will be closer to 60. Here is what happened.

We had our front which was charging our way this morning stall out in Georgia. That means we lost some lift. The second rain maker for us was the low pressure coming out of the Gulf of Mexico. It brought a ton of heavy rain to Orlando and even Daytona Beach, but not us. It tracked too far south. So yes it is like a dome has been erected over us here at home and we have had some very bad luck on the rain. So most of the rain will stay north and south of the Jacksonville area today.  I wish I could say our bad luck on the rain will change but unfortunately things may get worse before they get better in this La Nina pattern. I do not see any heavy rain in our forecast for the rest of this year and as we head into January. Hopefully we can at least squeeze out a few rain showers by later today. This evening should be nice and mild for your evening plans with temperatures remaining in the 50s. We will not turn chilly until morning with lows in the lower to middle 40s.

We will stay positive and this morning on Good Morning Jacksonville I certainly did all I could in my control to make that happen by doing a holiday dance! You see from left to right, yours truly Len Kiese, and Chef Robert. We showed off our dance moves on the link below! It is the best I have ever danced that is for sure.

Have a great day and be safe. I will have to learn how to do a rain dance and soon!

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