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How Thursday’s ring of fire eclipse works and where you can watch it

Parts of Earth will be treated to a solar eclipse on Thursday morning. Unfortunately for us Floridians, we won’t be in line to see this one as we live too far south. But, areas of the Northeast US, Great Lakes and swaths of Canada will get to see a piece of the eclipse early on Thursday morning, and it should be a cool show!   Since we’ll be out of the prime viewing region for this solar spectacle, if you want to see it for yourself without taking a last-minute trip north you’ll need to watch it online. NASA has a special livestream of the event you can watch by...

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Fun facts about the ocean for World Ocean Day

The globe’s oceans are massive in scope, important to life on Earth and a major influencer in the world’s weather and climate.  In recognition of World Ocean Day, NBC2 News had Ocean Trivia as a segment during our afternoon newscasts.  Take the quiz below to see how well you know some interesting fun facts about our world’s oceans! Question 1: What is the deepest ocean? Answer: The world’s deepest ocean is also its largest ocean, the mighty Pacific.  South of Guam and to the east of the Philippines is where you’d find the Challenger...

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Tracking the Tropics: Monitoring Caribbean for possible development

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team is monitoring the far southwestern Caribbean for possible tropical development this week. The National Hurricane Center currently gives this area a 30% chance of development in the next 5 days but a near 0% chance of development in the next 48 hours.  If anything ends up forming here, it’s going to take some time and not the type of system that would blow up overnight into a strong storm.  The area being monitored is part of a larger circulation that’s common over Central America this time of year that’s referred to as the Central...

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NWS offering storm spotter training this week

TAMPA, Fla.– The National Weather Service Office in Tampa has opened registration for two SKYWARN storm spotter training courses this week. The first is offered on Tuesday, June 8th at 1:30 p.m. You can register for it by following this link. The second is being offered on June 10th at 7 pm. You can register for it by following this link. SKYWARN is a volunteer network of weather enthusiasts and community-oriented citizens who commit to taking a weather training course and then during times of weather, report to the NWS via the network.  “The program is open...

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New area to watch this week in the tropics

Late Sunday evening the National Hurricane Center issued its daily tropical weather outlook highlighting an area near Central America for possible development later in the week. Right now it is too early to tell what, if anything, will form, but this is a fairly typical area for development this time of year. The National Hurricane Center is expecting an area of low pressure to develop in that highlighted area and track northwestward towards Central America and Mexico late this week.  Sea surface temperatures in the Caribbean are running at or just above normal and could support tropical development,...

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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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Burn ban issued in Collier County

Collier County Commissioners announced this morning a burn ban is effective immediately for the area and will remain active until further notice.  Commissioners say they made the decision after consulting with local fire officials, law enforcement, and the Florida Forest Service. According to a press release issued by the county, the ban prohibits “open burning, which is an outdoor fire or open combustion of material that produces visible emissions, of trash and yard waste, which includes vegetative matter resulting from landscaping and yard maintenance operations.” There...

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Your guide to seeing the Supermoon Eclipse from Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Get ready for what should be a dazzling cosmic display in our Southwest Florida sky Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Not only do we get to see a Supermoon, but we’ll also be treated to a lunar eclipse just before sunrise on Wednesday. The best time to see the Supermoon We won’t get to see the lunar eclipse until just before sunrise Wednesday, but don’t miss out on seeing the full moon when it makes its first appearance in the southeastern sky at 7:36 p.m. on Tuesday. The best time to see the supermoon will be right around sunset from 8 to...

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Second area of interest emerges in the Gulf of Mexico

There is a new, second area to watch in the tropics and this one is about 800 miles to our west. A disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico, associated with a surface low pressure, is producing clouds and thunderstorms. Before this disturbance moves onshore into SE Texas or Louisiana sometime Friday, there is a small window of opportunity for marginal development. Chances for development are quite slim at 20 percent.  Regardless of development, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding is possible. There are no threats to Florida at this time.  The post Second area of interest emerges...

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NWS issues Fire Weather alerts for Friday

The National Weather Service is issuing a red flag warning for inland Lee County, inland Charlotte County and DeSoto County between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday. Red flag warnings are issued when critical wildfire conditions are occurring or expected to develop shortly. A fire weather watch is being issued for inland Collier County, Hendry County and Glades County. This watch will be active from Friday morning through Saturday evening. Fire weather watches are issued by the NWS when critical fire conditions are expected to occur. This includes having strong winds at or above 15 mph and relative...

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