Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cool Contest

Vote for the USA's best specialty food festival

USA Today

Food is an essential component of travel, as regional tastes shape and define our experiences. We're saluting the delicious cultures and culinary traditions that appeal to visitors from coast to coast in our Readers' Choice contest for Best Specialty Food Festival.

For this contest category, we focused on festivals which center around a single food or theme, rather than try to include all the wonderful "wine and food" festivals. You have until...

Produce Project

Community garden opening on campus of Plant City elementary school

TBO.com

Planning is under way for Plant City’s first school community garden, where students and community members can study and participate in the art of growing.

Karen Elizabeth is spearheading the effort to create the garden at Wilson Elementary School. Elizabeth is president of the 2-year-old Plant City Commons Community Garden, located on property owned by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

An organizational meeting for the Wilson Elementary community garden was held Aug. 7, with more meetings to follow. Community involvement is essential for the garden to flourish, Elizabeth said.

Wilson Elementary has had a school garden for four years but it was only open to students of the school. This is the first time that members of the community will be allowed to grow produce there.

Elizabeth said organizers have drawn inspiration for the garden in part from...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

eBay Economics

What Does Florida Buy the Most on eBay?

Mashable.com

Nobody loves a Roomba quite like the people of Delaware.

From 2013 to 2014, the nation's "first state" has been the top consumer of robotic vacuums from online shopping hub eBay. The Internet retailer analyzed which items states purchase the most, finding the top 500 brands for each state and then boiling them down to general categories.

From there, eBay figured out which items shoppers buy on its site the most, in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Curious revelations abound, like the fact that firearms are the most popular in...

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Tropical Update

The disturbance in the Caribbean has finally gained enough strength to earn a name--Cristobal.

As you can see from the graphic, the predicted path will steer it far enough from us to have no effect on our weather.

Close behind is another system that has yet to show much promise, but we will keep an eye on it.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tropical Depression 4

Here's TD 4 from Atlantic Hurricane Season 2014.  Later to be named Cristobal, it is continuing its struggle to gain strength.

However, its path will likely steer it up the Atlantic Coast and won't have any significant effects on our local weather.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Cristobal Coming

Tropical Storm Cristobal to Form

AccuWeather

While a tropical low is expected to brew into Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend, the East Coast of the United States is being monitored for future impacts -- even if the storm remains well offshore.

The low has been struggling to develop tropically since emerging from the coast of Africa due to dusty air, disruptive wind shear and, more recently, interaction with the Caribbean Islands.

As conditions become more conducive, AccuWeather.com Tropical Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski expects the low to become Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend.

Regardless of when the low strengthens, torrential downpours and gusty squalls will continue to spread across...


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tropical Update

Shower activity associated with the small low pressure area approaching the Leeward Islands has changed little in organization during the past few hours.

Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development during the next day or so, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could still form while the system moves west-northwestward at 20 to 25 mph across the Lesser Antilles.

The mountainous terrain of Hispaniola could limit development during the first part of the weekend, but conditions are expected to become more conducive for development by Sunday when the system is forecast to move near or over the Bahamas.

Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are expected across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands through Friday, and over Hispaniola late Friday and Saturday.

Interests in those islands and in the Bahamas should closely monitor the progress of this disturbance. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this
system again tomorrow afternoon.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tropical Update




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 PM EDT WED AUG 20 2014

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands has become a little better organized during the past few hours.  Additional slow development of this system is possible during the next day or two, and a tropical depression could form as the system moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea. After that time, land interaction could limit development potential over the weekend.  Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands on Thursday night and Friday. Interests in those islands should closely monitor the progress of this system.  An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system tomorrow afternoon, if necessary.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...60 percent.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Football Forecasts

Football season is just around the corner--our local teams kick off their seasons on August 29.  Plant City gets Steinbrenner, Strawberry Crest goes against Bloomingdale, and Durant will host Armwood.

Tampa Bay Times Home Team has broken down the upcoming football season for our three local High Schools:

Plant City Raiders

Strawberry Crest Spartans

Durant Cougars




Atlantic Activity

Two disturbances in the Atlantic being monitored by the NHC

NOLA.com

The National Hurricane Center is watching two disturbances in the Atlantic, but chances of either developing into a tropical depression over the next few days are low.

An area of low pressure about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles remains disorganized, and conditions are not expected to be favorable for significant development over the next few days as the system moves westward at 10-15 mph, according to Eric Blake, hurricane specialist.

Tropical formation chances for that system were placed at...

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