But it's November, little more than a month away from winter, and temperatures are pushing the high 80s.
The average high temperature for early November is 77 degrees, with a normal low of 55 degrees. Wednesday's low temperature was 73 degrees, putting Gainesville at 18 degrees above the normal low.
An area of low pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean is to blame for the unseasonably warm, humid air, said Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
"That's brought most of the winds out of the south and southeast, helping to bring up warmer air," he said.
There is some relief in sight.
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The Go! girls and I have bonded over outdoor cooking and it's all thanks to the Appalachian Trail Club and Bunny Schneider.
She's one of the hardy club members who've hiked the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She's also one of the plucky club members who are sharing outdoor tips with me for a series of segments on SNN-Channel 6.
Alan Roddy offers advice on choosing hiking boots and preventing trail blisters. Libby Tyner shows off a neat trick for putting on a backpack.
And Bunny -- I love calling her Bunny -- reveals her secrets of lightweight trail cooking.
My daughters are already following in her footsteps.
Traffic, privacy changes made to Greene park plan
SCOTLAND, Pa. - With a few significant changes to address traffic safety concerns and the privacy of adjacent property owners, the Greene Township Board of Supervisors hopes to approve a final plan Monday, Feb. 2, for a 53-acre township park in the north end of the village of Scotland.
On Thursday night, the board and members of the recreation study committee looked over the latest of four versions of the master plan for the park, which has an estimated price tag of up to $3.8 million. The plan was presented by Ann E. Yost, a landscape architect with the York, Pa., firm of Yost Strodoski Mears.
As the weather turns colder and the snow begins to fall around the nation, below are some tips from Outward Bound on how to stay safe on winter adventures.
With over 24 million people visiting just the three most popular national parks in America during the winter months last year*, winter camping is no longer just for the extreme. Experts from Outward Bound, the nation's leading non-profit adventure-education organization, provide simple, yet extremely important, hints for staying safe outside during the coldest months of the year.
Many veterans eligible for free fishing and hunting licenses and other recreational discounts
Many Ohio military veterans (and certain active members of the military) are eligible to receive free hunting and fishing licenses, free boat registrations and special recreational discounts at Ohio State Parks facilities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
"Ohio owes a great debt to her veterans," said Sam Speck, ODNR director. "Providing these benefits to our veterans who enjoy the outdoors is one way our state can show its gratitude for their service."
As the national Veterans Day observance approaches on Nov.
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A self-guided boardwalk at Blue Spring State Park has a dual purpose. It provides an excellent land-based platform for watching manatees swim, sleep and rest while the younger calves cavort and play; these prehistoric throwbacks are fascinating to watch.
The boardwalk also takes visitors through a lush hammock to the Blue Spring itself. The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's earliest residents still can be seen today.
Manatee-watching begins after the first winter cold snap, usually in late December. It peaks in mid-February in an average year and tapers off by the end of March.
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This month the 1st Elstree Scouts celebrate their 95th anniversary, making them one of the oldest scout troops in the world.
The troop was formed after war hero Lord Baden-Powell attended a house party at the home of Arthur Pearson, who published the book Scouting for Boys.
At the meeting Baden-Powell met Percy Everett, Pearson's literary editor, who lived in Elstree.
The men discussed launching a new youth organisation - the Boy Scouts, and Baden-Powell invited Everett to the first ever scout camp, held on Brownsea Island.
Church to judge: Recuse yourself
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington wants the judge hearing a case about alleged sexual abuse in the diocese to recuse himself because he is friends with a consultant in the case and because, as a high school student, he went on a camping trip with one of the accused priests.
Judge Joseph "Jay" Bamberger, however, refused Thursday to step down from the class-action suit, arguing that the diocese was simply trying to shop for a more favorable forum in which to defend itself from the litigation.
The diocese plans to appeal Bamberger's decision to Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert.
McPherson Sentinel: News Column
"Camping" in the downtown area is a matter with which commissioners continue to wrestle. A draft of an ordinance prohibiting camping in city parking lots, and on certain public streets in the city, drawn up by City Attorney Phil Lacey was considered during a study session Monday.
The ordinance defines "camping" as occupying an automobile, truck or recreational vehicle as living quarters. It refers to parking a recreational vehicle on a street or in a municipal parking lot for three or more consecutive hours between the hours of 11:50 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless the vehicle is unoccupied the entire time it is parked.
Kauai Garden Island News
After three different trials, the testimony of several witnesses, and numerous objections, speeches, commands from the judge - plus a lunch break - District Court Judge Frank Rothschild Wednesday found Lloyd "Ikaika" Pratt guilty of two counts of contempt of court and two counts of state camping violations.
Pratt, who prefers to be called by his Hawaiian name, "Ikaika," is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14. The sentences imposed for the four petty misdemeanor charges can be up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each charge.
14th Annual Swamp Fox Festival
Sponsors: Dairy Queen, Donut Land, Hy-Vee, Wonder Bread, Culligan, General Mills, Sunbean Bakery Outlet and Quaker
The ride will start and finish at City Square Park in downtown Marion. Bring the whole family for an easy 9 mile ride around Marion. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult to participate in this ride. Sparkles the Clown will be present both before and after the ride to entertain the young and young at heart. Refreshments will also be provided both before and after the ride for participants. Special thanks to the Marion Fire Department and the Fire Department Volunteers for their participation and support.
The Pinnacle News - Enjoy forests & trails
Captain John C. Fremont entered this journal description of his stay in the Santa Cruz mountains in late February, 1846. While exploring in the Santa Clara Valley, he and a group of men had formed a small expedition to march over the coast range. Stopping overnight in the present Los Gatos region, they then headed into the thick woods which crowd the brooding mountains overlooking the Santa Cruz shoreline.
Today, at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a shaded grove along the Redwood Loop Trail is named in honor of the controversial American explorer, known as "The Pathfinder.
The Golden Gate Gazette Online
Friends and family mourned the sudden death of Golden Gate resident Hugh May, Nov. 8, during a memorial service at New Hope Ministries.
May, a motorcycle patrol officer with the City of Naples, apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Nov. 2, inside his pickup truck, while waiting for friends to come pull the vehicle out of a huge mudhole on Miller Boulevard Extension in the Southern Golden Gate Estates.
According to Collier County Sheriff's reports, deputies responded to a medical call around 7:40 p.m., at Miller and Lynch boulevards. Upon arrival, they found two men performing CPR on May.
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