Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bright bonnets for Easter but be careful of early morning fog!

Saturday,  April 23, 2011

Sometimes these quiet patterns sneak up on you in Florida with patchy dense fog that can cause big problems especially late at night and during the early morning hours. A persistent flow off the ocean continues to bring in higher humidity and rising dew points. So by late tonight be on the outlook for fog reducing visibilities to less than a quarter-mile. A fog advisory may be needed though 8 a.m. We will keep you updated. This is a concern since we will have a lot of folks up early for the Easter sunrise services at both the Jacksonville Landing and at Jacksonville Beach. Take it easy so you can enjoy the rest of the day which should be gorgeous.

We will have plenty of sunshine and highs from the lower 80s at the beaches to the middle and upper 80s inland. Now we did have a chance of rain which was about 20% for our area. It has now dropped to about 10%. The latest model data shows no rain is expected from St. Augustine to Jacksonville and Brunswick. Areas farther inland where there could be a sea breeze collision could see a quick .10". This would be near the Interstate 75 corridor, including Lake City. Eventually our wind will shift to the south and southwest by the middle of next week bringing those badly needed showers our way. But until then it will feel like Easter in summer. This summer pattern has been with us for about a week and will hold on for a week longer. We will even have a few more days near 90 next week, but at least the heat and humidity will increase our rain chances. Some models are even showing a strong line of thunderstorms moving through on Thursday. Ready for Spring weather again? We will only have highs in the 70s by late next week. But for now you know the drill! Wear the sunscreen and watch for rip currents! Remember 80% of all beach rescues are from folks being rescued from rip currents. Stay safe and have a wonderful Easter!

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