Umbrellas and ballots. That's two key items that will be in high demand across Northeast Florida through the first part of Election Day 2012.
As of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, an upper-level disturbance is moving through northeast Florida. Rainfall has been light to moderate in many locations including southeast Georgia and areas just west of Jacksonville. The Weather Authority is expecting rainfall for the entire viewing area by noon before skies begin to break up and the rainfall ceases later in the day.
Rain chances stand at 90 percent for just about everybody through the noon hour, with rainfall accumulations could total a quarter inch in some locations.
Meteorologist Richard Nunn says that rays of sunshine may be spotted as early as noon across portions of the western viewing area with more sun and blue skies in and around Jacksonville by the afternoon.
Tuesday is shaping up to be the wettest Election Day since 1992 when Jacksonville officially picked up .27 inches of rain at the airport. The year 2000 also offered cloudy skies but only managed to pick up a trace of rain that year.
In Election Day's past, temperatures have usually been fairly mild with highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the 50s. This year however will be one of the coolest in many years. Tuesday's forecast high of 66 degrees will be the coolest observed on Election Day since the election of 1976 when Jacksonville recorded a high of only 68 degrees.