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Brisk Thanksgiving... Tue. Rainfall.... "Earth Gauge": Travel & Hosting

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Updated: 11/27/2013 10:32 pm

A brisk, cold Thanksgiving will be followed by a slow warm up Fri. through the weekend. No additional freezes through at least the middle of next week.

This cold snap is dropping south on the backside of the storm that dropped a soaking rain on the First Coast. Some rainfall amounts from our Jax N.W.S.:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
758 AM EST WED NOV 27 2013


...24 HOUR RAINFALL REPORTS ENDING AT 7 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING...

LOCATION                       AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

...NORTHEAST FLORIDA...

...ALACHUA...
5 NE GAINESVILLE AIRPORT       1.84      0600 AM 11/27   29.74N/82.23W
GAINESVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT   1.76      0700 AM 11/27   29.69N/82.27W
4 NW UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA     1.48      0700 AM 11/27   29.68N/82.40W
5 SE ALACHUA                   1.36      0734 AM 11/27   29.73N/82.42W
5 SSE BROOKER                  1.05      0749 AM 11/27   29.81N/82.30W
3 NW UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA     1.02      0740 AM 11/27   29.67N/82.39W
HIGH SPRINGS                   0.92      0700 AM 11/27   29.83N/82.60W

...BAKER...
7 NNW TAYLOR                   1.45      0704 AM 11/27   30.54N/82.34W
3 N OLUSTEE                    1.31      0704 AM 11/27   30.25N/82.42W
2 S MACCLENNY                  1.31      0750 AM 11/27   30.25N/82.12W
2 S MACCLENNY                  1.26      0740 AM 11/27   30.25N/82.12W

...BRADFORD...
1 ESE STARKE                   2.01      0415 AM 11/27   29.94N/82.10W

...CLAY...
6 ENE LAKE GENEVA              2.33      0700 AM 11/27   29.82N/81.93W
2 WSW PICOLATA                 1.48      0700 AM 11/27   29.90N/81.63W
2 WSW DOCTORS INLET            1.29      0742 AM 11/27   30.10N/81.80W
4 W LAKESIDE                   0.74      0745 AM 11/27   30.12N/81.85W

...COLUMBIA...
DIV FORESTRY                   1.18      0700 AM 11/27   30.18N/82.59W
6 SSE WELLBORN                 0.67      0745 AM 11/27   30.15N/82.78W

...DUVAL...
JACKSONVILLE INTL AIRPORT      1.53      0700 AM 11/27   30.48N/81.70W
1 S JACKSONVILLE HEIGH         1.50      0706 AM 11/27   30.24N/81.79W
1 SSE ARLINGTON                1.30      0700 AM 11/27   30.32N/81.60W
2 NNW TALLYRAND                1.30      0750 AM 11/27   30.39N/81.65W
2 SSE ORTEGA                   1.27      0747 AM 11/27   30.25N/81.69W
1 NNW SAN PABLO                1.26      0700 AM 11/27   30.31N/81.44W
2 E NORMANDY                   1.22      0743 AM 11/27   30.30N/81.73W
1 E NORMANDY                   1.22      0749 AM 11/27   30.31N/81.74W
6 WNW JACKSONVILLE HEIGH       1.22      0747 AM 11/27   30.29N/81.87W
1 SSE ORTEGA                   1.16      0748 AM 11/27   30.26N/81.70W
MAYPORT NAVSTA                 1.06      0700 AM 11/27   30.40N/81.43W
3 SE ORTEGA                    1.05      0700 AM 11/27   30.23N/81.68W
4 ENE MANDARIN                 1.04      0741 AM 11/27   30.18N/81.59W
CRAIG MUNICIPAL AIRPORT        0.99      0700 AM 11/27   30.34N/81.51W
FORT CAROLINE                  0.84      0744 AM 11/27   30.40N/81.49W
2 SW SAN PABLO                 0.61      0746 AM 11/27   30.27N/81.46W

...FLAGLER...
WASHINGTON OAKS STATE GARDENS  0.42      0700 AM 11/27   29.63N/81.21W
PALM COAST                     0.41      0706 AM 11/27   29.58N/81.23W
2 NNW FLAGLER BEACH            0.31      0746 AM 11/27   29.50N/81.14W
3 N BUNNELL                    0.29      0732 AM 11/27   29.51N/81.25W

...GILCHRIST...
BELL 4WNW                      0.86      0715 AM 11/27   29.77N/82.92W
6 WNW NEWBERRY                 0.52      0740 AM 11/27   29.67N/82.70W

...HAMILTON...
WTR TR PLT                     1.65      0650 AM 11/27   30.52N/82.94W

...MARION...
3 N FLEMINGTON                 1.93      0700 AM 11/27   29.46N/82.30W
3 E RAINBOW LAKES ESTA         1.09      0743 AM 11/27   29.15N/82.40W
5 NW SALT SPRINGS              0.70      0704 AM 11/27   29.40N/81.81W
3 NNE LAKE WEIR                0.69      0515 AM 11/27   29.06N/81.98W
2 SSE SUMMERFIELD              0.65      0700 AM 11/27   28.98N/82.02W
3 WNW OCKLAWAHA                0.51      0748 AM 11/27   29.06N/81.98W

...NASSAU...
3 NE YULEE                     1.04      0749 AM 11/27   30.66N/81.54W

...PUTNAM...
5 NW INTERLACHEN               1.38      0748 AM 11/27   29.67N/81.95W
2 SW SAN MATEO                 0.97      0500 AM 11/27   29.59N/81.61W
GEORGETOWN                     0.71      0700 AM 11/27   29.40N/81.65W

...ST. JOHNS...
1 NE PALM VALLEY               1.06      0710 AM 11/27   30.21N/81.38W
1 NW FRUIT COVE                1.00      0727 AM 11/27   30.11N/81.64W
ST AUGUSTINE AIRPORT           0.94      0658 AM 11/27   29.96N/81.34W

...SOUTHEAST GEORGIA...

...APPLING...
4 SW BAXLEY                    2.92      0704 AM 11/27   31.71N/82.39W

...BACON...
BACON COUNTY AIRPORT           2.78      0700 AM 11/27   31.54N/82.51W

...BRANTLEY...
NAHUNTA 6NE                    1.85      0700 AM 11/27   31.27N/81.92W
4 ESE HICKOX                   1.54      0530 AM 11/27   31.12N/81.93W

...CAMDEN...
2 SSW HIGH POINT               1.09      0712 AM 11/27   30.92N/81.43W

...CHARLTON...
10 SW FOLKSTON                 1.44      0656 AM 11/27   30.74N/82.13W
1 WNW STEVEN FOSTER STATE PARK 1.33      0701 AM 11/27   30.83N/82.36W

...COFFEE...
3 WSW DOUGLAS                  2.33      0515 AM 11/27   31.49N/82.89W
PRIDGEN                        1.82      0520 AM 11/27   31.70N/82.92W

...GLYNN...
1 SW SAINT SIMONS              1.65      0700 AM 11/27   31.16N/81.40W
4 S BOYS ESTATE                1.41      0747 AM 11/27   31.27N/81.48W
5 ESE THALMANN                 1.28      0704 AM 11/27   31.26N/81.61W
BRUNSWICK COOP                 1.25      1130 PM 11/26   31.17N/81.50W
MALCOLM MC KINNON AIRPORT      1.20      0700 AM 11/27   31.15N/81.39W

...WARE...
2 W DEENWOOD                   1.60      0704 AM 11/27   31.25N/82.40W

...WAYNE...
5 NW DOCTORTOWN                1.49      0600 AM 11/27   31.70N/81.90W

Earth Gauge: Happy Thanksgiving! 

Whether you’re traveling away from home or hosting the feast at your place, these tips will help you have a happy, healthy and environmentally-friendly holiday gathering.

For travelers…

AAA estimates that more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Ninety percent – nearly 39 million – will travel by car. Whether your destination is near or far, use these tips to travel safely, save gas and save money.

Build an emergency kit. Increased traveling distance and unpredictable weather can result in hazardous driving conditions at this time of year. Make sure your car is equipped with a scraper, flashlight, blankets, cell phones, booster cables and emergency flares or cones. Have water and non-perishable food like energy or granola bars on hand, too.

-- Check your tires. The right tire pressure can improve mileage by over three percent, saving 60-90 dollars per year for the average driver. Check the owner’s manual for your vehicle to find the right pressure settings.

  • Carpool. The average distance traveled over Thanksgiving is about 600 miles. If nearby friends and family are going to the same place, travel together to save gas and reduce the number of cars on the road.
  • Don’t idle. If you stop to eat or stretch your legs, turn the car off.  Idling for just two minutes uses the same amount of gas used to drive one mile!
  • Pack lightly. Extra weight in the car or trunk decreases fuel efficiency.

For hosts…

The holiday season is a time for joyful gatherings of family and friends. But a house full of guests can also result in higher energy bills, increased water use and stressed septic systems. Use these tips to save energy, save water and save money.

  • Resist the urge to peek. Opening the oven door to check on a culinary masterpiece can drop the oven temperature by up to 25 degrees, making your oven work harder and use more energy to stay warm. Use the light to check on food, instead.
  • Give your furnace a break. Drop the temperature on the thermostat when heat isn’t needed as much, such as when you are sleeping. Make it easy with a programmable thermostat.
  • Save H2O. Prepping and cleaning up after a holiday meal can use a lot of water. Save a few gallons by thawing frozen foods in the refrigerator instead of using running tap water. Scrape dirty dishes before you put them in the dishwasher rather than rinsing to save even more.
  • Don’t overwhelm the system. For the 20 percent of Americans who use septic tanks for wastewater treatment, extra guests can overwhelm the system. Remind house guests not to use drains and toilets as trash cans. And make sure your system is properly maintained to avoid backups and overflows – not only are these costly for homeowners, but they can also contaminate well water and community drinking water supplies.

Have a great & Happy Thanksgiving......

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