Saturday, April 30, 2011

Festive Spring weather for all the festivals

April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to my daughter Abbey! I love you and am very proud of you. You make the sun shine brighter every single day no matter what the weather! Abbey is celebrating her birthday today with her church group in Daytona Beach, Florida. She wanted to share this lovely sunrise to give us an idea of what our weekend weather will be like here at home. Wow! Great job Abbey and make sure you keep texting me more weather shots. I am glad you are putting your birthday present to good use! Abbey is our family gymnast and cheerleader and she also is very weather aware. She went to many school talks with me in Indiana and was known to make sure all of our neighbors got to their safe spots while Dad was hard at work with severe weather coverage. Could she be our future family meteorologist? Maybe, no pressure but the sky would be the limit.

Abbey also loves the cooler Spring weather and finally Spring weather arrives on the last day of April 2011 that will be known as an extreme month that felt more like summer with an unprecedented 9 days of 90 degrees or above for us here on the First Coast. It will also go down as the April with the most tornadoes ever on record. To give you an idea of sheer numbers, they are off the charts as you can imagine. We have had 1,020 tornado reports so far which is more than the whole country averages in an entire season. As we finish out April and head into May a new month for us will bring a new weather pattern. I will be back with another blog post on this later this morning.

But let me get you out the door! Today nature finally gets it right for all the festivals from the Blue Grass at Twin Oaks in Brantley County to the Gamble Rogers Folk Fest in St. Augustine. The weather looks great at Fernandina for the shrimp fest and at the Craw fish Fest in Woodbine as temperatures will be right where they should be for this time of year with sunny highs in the lower 80s inland and the middle to upper 70s at the beaches. We will have an east wind at 10 to 15 mph. At the ocean be careful of a moderate rip current risk developing with an onshore wind today. The ocean temperature is now up to 73 degrees with 2 to 3 foot sets for the surfers. The blue fish are biting on the river with a nice light inland water chop!

As we finish out the weekend our Spring weather maker will slowly move off the Atlantic Coast bringing more Spring breezes off the ocean for Sunday with temperatures remaining in the lower 80s. Get out there and enjoy! You have earned it.

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