First day of Winter, much colder temperatures are on the way
The first day of Winter brings a wet start to your Wednesday. For some it’s a soggy start under cloudy skies with less than seasonal temperatures today. Breezy at times with a spotty chance of showers through the day, this evening. Warmer with showers continuing Thursday before turning much colder this weekend.
Ready for a complete flop in the heat?
Some isolated showers may develop now through 6 pm mainly across our southern zones south of I-10. Another batch of rain targets southern Georgia tonight after 10pm. Heavier rain will miss JAX but light showers are possible toward dawn with the passage of a cold front. Highs only reach the lower to mid 60s in Georgia and upper 60s to lower 70s from Jax and points south. It will feel like winter Thursday night as lows drop to the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Should you prune your dead leaves now or wait?
Another freeze/frost event is on the way and if plants are not protected, you could see leaf damage with areas of brown and wilted leaves. Instead, pick up the leaves on the ground and wait until our temperatures begin to warm. But what if your plants aren’t looking their best, what with the dead and brown leaves? But trimming those poor cordylines with wilted leaves and drooping stems now could cause bigger problems as the next cold front moves in. AdJust wait out a couple more weeks of cold fronts before you start pruning and trimming.
Exercising outdoors? Baby, it’s cold outside
Dr. Sunil Joshi with the Duval County Medical Society is glad to see people are still exercising. “Your mental and physical health during this pandemic, and now with colder weather, is very, very important,” Dr. Joshi said. Dr. Joshi says because viruses do better with less humidity, they tend to spread more quickly during winter months. “When you’re waking up in the morning and it’s 29 degrees, this is not the best time of day to be exercising,” Dr. Joshi said. “Almost like wearing a mask,” Dr. Joshi said.
Space heater checklist: Gathering safely in the warmth of your home
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department shared a video of flames and heavy smoke pouring out of a New Town Home. JFRD believes the blaze was sparked by a space heater. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2010 there were nearly 1,200 fires caused by portable electric heaters each year. The CPSC says the following safety guidelines should always be followed when using space heaters:Never leave the heater on while unattended or while you’re sleeping. Make sure the heater is placed on a stable, level surface where it cannot be knocked over.
Jewish family's painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned
The painting, discovered in an upstate New York museum, was part of a cache of art seized by the Nazis from the Mosse family in Berlin in 1933. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)ALBANY, N.Y. – A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. “The Mosse family lost nearly everything because they were Jews. Hoffmann heads the Mosse Art Research Initiative, a university-based collaboration involving Mosse heirs and German public cultural institutions. Federal authorities were contacted as Mosse Art Restitution Project manager J. Eric Bartko was working to get the painting returned from the museum.
Arctic blast to bring week of below freezing temps to eastern US
The next five to seven days generally are going to bring unseasonably low temperatures to the eastern two-thirds of the US, with a first chilly round hitting Friday and a second, colder Arctic blast coming later. Friday's cold snap could bring below-freezing temperatures to some places. Wind gusts in Boston are reaching 25 to 35 mph and will bring wind chills into the 20s as well, the NWS said. "The Great Lakes are no longer ice covered, so here comes the Lake Effect snow again," the National Weather Service said. Temperatures are expected to rebound a bit in the East over the weekend, but colder air will be coming.