BETWEEN HURRICANE SEASONS, THERE IS WINTER!

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NORTHERN HEMISPHERE JET STREAM FORECAST
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When it comes to the threat of a Severe Freeze in Florida, I watch the long range forecasts of the planetary waves (troughs) for southward plunges of the Polar jet. The trough over the northeast U.S. on Friday, January 3 does not appear to extend far enough south for us to be concerned with anything more than typical winter cold snaps for northeast Florida and southeast Georgia during the first week of January.

The coldest we can expect from this trough would be high temps near 50 on Friday, Jan 3 and lows at inland south Georgia locations on Saturday morning Jan 4 near 30 degrees. Northeast Florida may see Saturday morning lows near 32 west of highway 301 near Interstate 10, but not much threat of freezing elsewhere over northeast Florida due to breezes from the Atlantic Ocean.

The abundance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday morning should reduce damage to vegetation from any temperatures in the 30s.

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