Top U.S. weather story of 2007: the Southeast U.S. drought

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:29 PM GMT on January 01, 2008

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The year 2007 is in the record books as the driest or second driest year on record for much of the Southeastern U.S. A mere 31.85 inches of rain fell in Atlanta, Georgia, during the year, 62% of the average of 48 inches. This year's rainfall total just missed breaking the record of 31.80 inches set in 1954. Rainfall records in Atlanta go back to 1930. The drought was worse in Alabama, where Birmingham had its driest year on record--just 28.86", a full 25 inches below average, smashing the record low of 36.14" set in 1931. Huntsville was even drier--a mere 28.65"--29 inches below average. Surrounding areas of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia also experienced extraordinarily dry years (Figure 1).


Figure 1. Drought conditions in the Southeastern U.S. were at the highest level possible--exceptional drought--at the end of 2007. Image credit: NOAA.

Although the current drought is exceptional, Atlanta has had much drier 2-year periods. During the drought of 1954-1955, Atlanta received 68.23 inches of precipitation--a 28 inch deficit from the normal 2-year rainfall. The deficit for the past two years is only 16 inches, since an average amount of rain fell in 2006 (48.46 inches). Based on the climatological record, Georgia can expect a two-year drought about once in 25 years, and a drought lasting three or more years about once every 40 years. Drought is part of the natural cycle in Georgia, and it would not be a surprise to see the drought of 2007 continue until the winter of 2008. Although December 2007 saw Atlanta's first above average month of rainfall since November 2006, the coming two weeks look very dry, and the current La Nina atmospheric pattern usually brings below average rainfall.

What is causing the Georgia drought?
Two main factors are responsible for the Southeast U.S. drought. Most importantly, a persistent jet stream pattern has set up that steers storms away from the region, and into Texas instead. Texas, which suffered extreme drought in 2006, found itself awash in floods in 2007, as the jet stream pattern brought storm after storm to the state. Another contributing factor to the current Southeast drought is the absence of tropical storms and hurricanes during 2006 and 2007. These storms are an important part of the annual rainfall budget for the Southeast. For example, in 2005, 29% of Atlanta's yearly rainfall came from five tropical storms:

1.36" Arlene June 11-12, 2005
1.40" Katrina, August 29-30, 2005
5.48" Cindy, July 6-8, 2005
5.41" Dennis, July 9-12, 2005
2.94" Tammy, October 6-8, 2005


Figure 2. Over ten inches of rain fell on Atlanta in 2005 from two tropical cyclones, Dennis and Cindy. Tropical cyclones accounted for 29% of Atlanta's rainfall that year. Image credit: NOAA/HPC.

There is little evidence that global warming contributed to this drought. The Southeastern U.S. has cooled by about 0.1° F over the past 100 years, even as the rest of the globe has warmed 1° F. The reasons for this lack of warming in the Southeast are not fully understood. One theory is that the cooling is due to air pollution blocking sunlight. Another theory, proposed by Georgia State Climatologist David Stooksbury, attributes the cooling to the shift from 80 percent row crops (like corn and cotton) to 60 percent forest. Land use changes like this can have a significant impact on how solar energy heats the air once it is absorbed by the soil.

Why Atlanta is vulnerable to drought
Atlanta, unlike most major cities, grew up around rail lines rather than a major body of water. Although the Chattahoochee River runs through Atlanta, the city lies on top of a watershed, with no large bodies of water upstream. The rivers and streams in the region are small, and the bedrock limits how much ground water is available. The Lake Lanier reservoir that supplies Atlanta with most of its water was constructed in the 1950s. Since that time, the population of Atlanta has quadrupled, increasing the pressure on the reservoir's limited water. Lake Lanier is at its record lowest level--more than 19 feet below average. If the drought continues into the summer of 2008, and no tropical storms arrive to break the drought, Atlanta may run out of water.

By 2030, the population of the Atlanta metropolitan area is expected to increase from 5 million to 9 million. Current water resources in the regions will be unable to support this population increase, unless planners make a concerted and expensive effort to plan ahead. The expected increase in temperatures over the coming decades due to global warming will make future droughts in the region even more severe, so Atlanta has a very tough road ahead of it.

Jeff Masters

Georgia Drought Series 2 (HurricaneIan)
Like my last series, this Series of photos concern the drought in North Georgia. These were taken at Lake Chatuge, Georgia. This is near the North Carolina Line and near a town called Hiawassee. North Georgia is experiencing a major drought. These docks are designed to float and adjust to water depth, however, now they are high and dry. The depth of these lakes varies from season to season, however, this is by far the lowest I have ever seen it. This water is not only used for drinking, this is also the primary supply of hydro-electric power for the region. The drought is causing other problems as well, the leaves are not changing properly, some look burnt and others fall off before turning. North Georgia and surrounding areas need rain in the worst way. The good news is it is raining
Georgia Drought Series 2
Scenes from Lake Lanier, GA (DadandMarcher)
Here are a few scenes from Lake Lanier in Buford, GA. We are going through a record setting drought this year. Everyday now we set a new record for the Lake level since the inception of the lake in the 1950's
Scenes from Lake Lanier, GA

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117. Weather456
10:09 AM AST on January 02, 2008
QuikSCAT, a form of remote* sensing, has truly revolutionized how we do surface analysis. This cold front was easily plotted using this QuikSCAT pass, using the basic idea of winds associated with cold front.

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116. HIEXPRESS
9:01 AM EST on January 02, 2008
105. vortfix 6:26 AM EST
Neil Frank disputes 'questionable' storm counts

Hmmm, could be right...

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115. Weather456
10:03 AM AST on January 02, 2008
Gale force winds over much of the SE Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico created by a 1046 mb high

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114. aquak9
9:02 AM EST on January 02, 2008
G'morning everyone! Here in Jacksonville, Florida, my barometer says 30.44 and rising. Don't know if I've seen it that high before.

Can anyone get some pressure history for this area? Feel free to wu-mail me, I'm curious to know what some of our highest barometric readings have ever been for Northeast Florida. Thank you!
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113. Weather456
10:02 AM AST on January 02, 2008
Tropics 101

A and C- The Northeast Winter Monsoon is in full mode with very strong winds blowing from the Cold-Core Siberian High Pressure over the NW Pacific Ocean, South China Sea and Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Red shades indicate winds in excess of 25 Knots. These winds are cold, dry and offshore and mark the dry season of areas across China, Indian and SE Asia. The winds continue to blow from the NE until they reach they equator where they turn towards the south and east due to Coriolis.

The Monsoon Trough and D - The monsoon trough is define as a convergence zone between south westerlies to the north and south easterlies (D) to the south. The south easterlies trades (D) are created by the subtropical ridges of the Southern Indian Ocean (just like the northeast trades here in the ATL).

The monsoon trough stretches from the Central Indian Ocean across Northern Australia into the SW Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclones Melanie and 90S are both embedded within this tropical cyclone breeding ground.

Lets move onto the second trough - SPCZ - South Pacific Convergence Zone which lies between south easterlies of transitory anticyclones and the permanent easterlies(E) from the far SE Pacific High.

B - Some times the mid-latitudes influence the intensity of the monsoon trough in what we call "surges". During the passage of a strong cold front north or south of the monsoon trough or SPCZ...the associated surface high which can be 1030 mb and above increases the trades as seen in B. You can also identify the high. These wind surges converges and rises into the monsoon trough and SPCZ. The faster the flow higher the winds air will rise (vertical motion). These surges often cause an increase in tropical cyclone activity.

Thank You for Reading.


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112. Weather456
9:51 AM AST on January 02, 2008
Surface Analysis based on satellite imagery: The yellow arrows illustrates strong offshore winds as indicated by lines of cold air stratocumulus clouds parallel to the wind flow. Those strong offshore winds indicate a pretty strong high pressure system over the SE USA.

A low is indicated over the Canadian Maritimes based on the cold front curvature pattern in that area.

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111. Weather456
12:28 AM AST on January 02, 2008
Good Morning Everybody
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110. hurricane23
8:30 AM EST on January 02, 2008
Summary: La Niña strengthens

A La Niña event is firmly established in the Pacific, strengthening over the past month and contributing to the enhanced eastern Australian rainfall since November.

Cooler than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) now extend further west along the equator than at any time since 2000, while warmer than average SSTs surround northern Australia. The December 2007 Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) of 14.4 is the highest monthly SOI value since April 2006. Trade Winds remain enhanced and cloudiness continues to be suppressed along much of the central equatorial Pacific; both indicators of the now mature event. While sub-surface temperatures remain cooler than normal in the east, some warming has occurred in the western regions.

Although some computer models suggest that the event is nearing its peak, most continue to indicate the persistence of cool Pacific Ocean temperatures, consistent with a La Niña, until at least autumn 2008.

ENSO Wrap-Up

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109. hurricane23
8:30 AM EST on January 02, 2008
...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM EST
THURSDAY...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A FREEZE
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM EST
THURSDAY. THE FREEZE WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

VERY STRONG COLD AIR WILL CONTINUE TO FILTER INTO SOUTH FLORIDA
TODAY AND TONIGHT. FREEZING TEMPERATES CAN BE EXPECTED...WEST OF
441 IN PALM BEACH COUNTY...WEST OF THE SAWGRASS EXPRESSWAY IN
BROWARD COUNTY...WEST OF KROME AVENUE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND IN
MAINLAND MONROE...GLADES...HENDRY AND COLLIER COUNTIES. PROLONGED
SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES OF 3 TO 5 HOURS CAN BE EXPECTED THURSDAY
MORNING ACROSS GLADES...HENDRY...AND COLLIER COUNTIES WITH 1 TO 2
HOURS IN OTHER AREAS. FROST WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE...BUT ONLY IN
WIND SHELTERED LOCATIONS.

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD ACT IMMEDIATELY TO TAKE ANY STEPS
NECESSARY TO PROTECT TENDER VEGETATION...AS A SIGNIFICANT AND
DAMAGING FREEZE IS LIKELY FOR MUCH OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES ON THIS UNFOLDING COLD WEATHER EVENT.

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR
HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER
SENSITIVE VEGETATION.
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108. IKE
7:19 AM CST on January 02, 2008
No snow forecast here in the Florida panhandle for tonight...but very cold...

"Tonight
Clear and very cold. Lows 16 to 19 inland...20 to 23 near the coast. Light northwest winds becoming calm."
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106. Drakoen
12:29 PM GMT on January 02, 2008
THU...NEAR RECORD LOWS ARE EXPECTED EARLY THU MORNING WITH NORTH
WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH. THIS COMBINATION IS FCST TO PRODUCE WIND
CHILLS IN THE TEENS AND 20S ACROSS MOST OF THE FA. WIND CHILL
WATCH CONTINUES FOR EARLY THURSDAY AND THIS WILL LIKELY BE
UPGRADED LATER TODAY TO A WIND CHILL WARNING WHERE VALUES ARE
EXPECTED TO DROP BELOW 20F...AND TO A WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR WIND
CHILLS IN THE 20S AND LOWER 30S.

GFS AND NAM-WRF MODELS CONTINUE TO SHOW WINDS JUST ABOVE THE SFC
TURNING SLIGHTLY ONSHORE EARLY THU INCREASING THE MOISTURE IN A
VERY NARROW BAND BETWEEN 850-925 MB. VERY COLD TEMPS PROGGED TO BE
-3C TO -5C AT 850 MB AND SFC TEMPS IN THE 30S ALG THE COAST WILL
ALLOW ANY PRECIP FALLING FROM THE MARINE STRATO CU TO BE IN THE
FORM OF SNOW FLURRIES THU MORNING. CONFIDENCE HAS INCREASED ENOUGH
TO BE ABLE TO INCLUDE SNOW FLURRIES IN THE OFFICIAL FORECAST FOR
COASTAL VOLUSIA AND BREVARD COUNTIES. NO ACCUMULATION IS
EXPECTED AND ANY FROZEN PRECIP SHOULD BE LIMITED TO THE MORNING
HOURS.

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104. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
7:12 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Bureau of Meteorology - Northern Territory

Tropical Cyclone Outlook (02January)
===========================================
An active monsoon trough lies across the Top End with a slow moving low about 200 kms south of Darwin. The low is expected to remain overland for a day or so before moving into the Gulf of Carpentaria during Friday. The northern Top End will experience increased monsoonal weather over the next few days.

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION POTENTIAL
===================================
Thursday: Low
Friday: Moderate
Saturday: High

Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Disturbance Summary (0630z 02Jan)
Southeast Indian Ocean - Northern Territory
==========================================
An area of convection (90S) located near 14.2S 130.2E or 110 NM south-southwest of Darwin, Australia. Recent animated multispectral satellite imagery shows a broad area of low level cyclonic turning overland. Recent microwave imagery shows flaring convection separated from the low level circulation center. Discussion of this disturbance was previously issued on ABPW10 PGTW (east of 135E) However, due to the current position it was moved to this bulletin.

Maximum sustained winds near the center is 20-25 knots with a minimum sea level pressure of 996 mb. The potential of this disturbance to form into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours remains POOR

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90S/90P sure is sticking around for being overland.

circling around the northern territory from 130E-135E it has been either moving east or moving west throughout the day.
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103. NorthxCakalaky
6:35 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Northwest winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph overnight and
becoming increasingly gusty. The windiest period will be late
tonight through Wednesday morning... when gusts could reach 50 mph
at times. These winds will produce considerable blowing snow and
could produce isolated wind damage and power outages as well.

Wind chill values will fall below zero across much of the
mountains by daybreak Wednesday... and higher elevations could see
wind chills of minus 10 to minus 15.
N.C mountains above 3500
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow and
blowing snow are expected or occurring. Strong winds and
dangerous wind chills are also possible. The combination of
snow... blowing snow... strong winds... and bitter wind chills will
make for dangerous travel conditions. Do not attempt to travel in
the warning area tonight and Wednesday unless absolutely
necessary.
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102. NorthxCakalaky
6:28 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
***********************snow on ground***********************

Location snow time/date comments
on ground of
(inches) measurement


North Carolina

... Avery County...
Newland 2.0 845 PM 1/1 snowing hard

... Graham County...
Robbinsville T 843 PM 1/1 flurries

... Haywood County...
Waynesville T 906 PM 1/1 slick spots on roads.

... Mitchell County...
Bakersville 1.0 901 PM 1/1

... Swain County...
Bryson City T 844 PM 1/1 roads covered in spots.

... Yancey County...
Burnsville 0.3 850 PM 1/1




( About 4-5 hours ago )
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101. listenerVT
1:08 AM EST on January 02, 2008
V26R

Supposed to be topping out at 26 degrees
with NW winds in the 20-30 mph range for the
next few days up here in NYC


ABOVE zero?
Thursday we'll have 5/-5 with winds to 24mph.
I guess it's January!
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100. NorthxCakalaky
6:14 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Its snowing here around 2800f.t. Wind blows it so hard it looks like its realy heavy.

Mountains like Snake Mountain and the skie slopes in N.C suspose to get 8-12inches.

Snow advisories were issued in north G.A and west S.C too.
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99. BBigJ
6:15 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
On the subject of the SE drought...

I was looking at a topo map recently and was shocked at how small the drainage basin was for Lanier. Rain practically has to make a direct hit on the lake to contribute to its level.
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98. V26R
6:03 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Another View

Link
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97. V26R
6:02 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
TC Elnus is looking impreesive out near Madagascar

Link
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96. V26R
5:50 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
You guys down in Orlando have it too easy

Supposed to be topping out at 26 degrees
with NW winds in the 20-30 mph range for the
next few days up here in NYC
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95. weatherbro
5:22 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
45-48 tomorrow in Orlando with 20-25 MPH winds with higher gusts from the NNW.
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94. HIEXPRESS
4:19 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
On a cold nights like these, back when there used to be orange groves as far as the eye could see here in Central Florida, hundreds of Smudge Pots would be lit off, covering the area with a layer of black smoke from who-knows-what that got burned.

I don't miss those things. Do they still use them anywhere?
P.S. What happened to GW?
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93. Drakoen
4:28 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
The meteorologist that i listen to actually mentioned the possibility of some light snow showers with any precipitation coming on shore. Will be interesting...
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92. BahaHurican
11:19 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Meanwhile it continues to remain ridiculously warm here in Nassau. Hopefully that will change by tomorrow night . . . .

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91. BahaHurican
11:11 PM EST on January 01, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!!!!!

OK, now to the good stuff.

53. NorthxCakalaky 6:44 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Its snowing in N.C above 3000f.t.!! 8-12 inches near mountain peakes, 3-6 otherwise.Foothills just snow showers/piedmont flurries.

Hopefully the snow will drop in elevation tonight.Dont see why mets wont say a prediction for the foothills, they just say 25degrees with snow showers.(Weatherunderground says 1inch)


This does seem to be the week NC is most likely to get a snow storm. (Well, the first decade of January, anyway :o) I remember flying into Greensboro from Nassau via Baltimore (it was the only airport on the east coast that was still open) and having to ask the cab driver to drive up onto the lawn at my apartment because it was the only way I was going to get through the foot of snow that had fallen since that afternoon. . . .


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90. V26R
4:12 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Okay I'll give you the Bikini
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88. Orcasystems
2:19 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Notice the seconds count now :)
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87. Orcasystems
2:16 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
44. V26R 10:19 PM GMT on January 01, 2008
Ive got a Davis Instruments which seems pretty accurate there a few others out there too

BTW still hate you for not taking me with you
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Hmm take you, or the wife....
Even after 28 years of marriage, I think she looks better in a bikini then you would :)

Cancun


3 days 15 hours 40 minutes and 20 seconds

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86. AussieStorm
12:38 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
The latest satillite images show TC Melanie is no longer, wind shear has torn her apart. There is a high chance a new Cyclone will develop in the Gulf Of Carpentaria sometime this week as a monsoon low/trough currently over land moves into the gulf. Currently its bringing 90km/h winds and flooding rains.
Cheers AussieStorm
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85. weatherguy03
7:38 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Ok, last official freeze in Orlando was Jan 2003, it got down to 32F on Jan 8th. and then 27F on Jan. 24th.. I was curious!..LOL
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84. aquak9
7:38 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Well it was awful foolish feeling to be pulling in the plants when it was 70º outside today.

Yeah, gotta love Florida. Hmmmph.
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83. weatherguy03
7:37 PM EST on January 01, 2008
I believe that was last winter, but even that night I dont think officially Orlando had a freeze, I could be wrong.
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82. aquak9
7:34 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Seems like Orlando has seen flurries since we've had them here in Jax...seems like I remember staying up till midnite one night w/atmos and damon, and they got flurries and (of course) J-ville didn't.
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81. davidw221
12:32 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
Link
this looks like a hurricane in the GOM
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80. weatherguy03
7:26 PM EST on January 01, 2008
MOS guidance for Orlando Int. tomorrow night is 27F and Ocala is 16F. I cant remember the last time Orlando Int. had an official freeze.
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79. hurricane23
7:28 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Iam out folks have a great night.Stay warm.
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78. hurricane23
7:25 PM EST on January 01, 2008
The freeze line is forecasted to push down to around Leesburg south of Ocala tonight.
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77. weatherguy03
7:25 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Ahh ok, it might of went to my Spam box, that seems to happen sometimes, I will check. Thanks.
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76. weatherguy03
7:24 PM EST on January 01, 2008
But in grand Florida fashion, temps will be above normal this weekend in North Florida!..LOL Gotta love it! Very impressive fast moving weather pattern.
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75. hurricane23
7:24 PM EST on January 01, 2008
74. weatherguy03 7:24 PM EST on January 01, 2008
No mail on WU Adrian.

No your yahoo email!
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74. weatherguy03
7:22 PM EST on January 01, 2008
No mail on WU Adrian.
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73. weatherguy03
7:20 PM EST on January 01, 2008
More towards the coast, 50 miles is way too far inland to see anything, and I think our best chances would be south of Jax., from St. Aug southward.
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72. hurricane23
7:21 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Very cold airmass indeed...High temp for miami 57-58 tommorow.
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71. aquak9
7:18 PM EST on January 01, 2008
You gotta be kidding me, 03. But I'll be about 50 miles inland on I-10...is this a possibility more towards the coast, or further inland?
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70. hurricane23
7:19 PM EST on January 01, 2008
Hey 03!

Did you get my email?
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69. weatherguy03
7:18 PM EST on January 01, 2008
From Jax NWS:

POSSIBILITY OF FLURRIES...AS FLOW VEERS NNE THU SOME ATLANTIC
STRATOCUMULUS WILL BEGIN TO ADVECT INLAND TOWARD OUR NE FL COASTAL
COUNTIES THROUGH THE DAY. ENOUGH SHALLOW MOISTURE...FORCING AND COLD
850 MB TEMPS MAY SUPPORT A FEW FLURRIES LATE THU AFTN/EVENING.

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68. Drakoen
12:14 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
I looked at the NAM and the GFS and i didn't see any kind precipitation for Jacksonville during the event. You guys will be in a deep freeze. The best chance for any kind of flurries are part of central florida near the east coast.
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67. Drakoen
12:13 AM GMT on January 02, 2008
... Freeze watch for most of South Florida from late Wednesday
night through Thursday morning...

... Freeze watch remains in effect from late Wednesday night
through Thursday morning...

A very strong cold front will move across South Florida this
evening. The coldest temperatures of the season so far can be
expected on Thursday morning... with a freeze likely for all of
South Florida excluding the extreme East Coast. A prolonged period
of subfreezing temperatures is expected Thursday morning across
Glades... Hendry... inland Collier... and inland Palm Beach
counties... with a hard freeze possible in this region.
Frost will
also be possible... but only in wind sheltered locations.

All interested parties should act immediately to take any steps
necessary to protect tender vegetation... as a significant and
damaging freeze is likely for much of South Florida.
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