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    Brisk morning for a balmy day


    © St. Petersburg Times, published November 15, 2000

    You will notice a little nip in the air this morning.

    A cold front accompanied by light winds will create a wind chill index in the mid- to high 30s in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

    It won't last long, with temperatures heating up to at least 70 by midday, but another cold front is on the way.

    "It's pretty typical for right now that we should be getting cold fronts," said Ron Morales, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

    Low temperatures this morning are expected to be in the 40s, but winds of 5-10 mph will make it seem cooler.

    By the middle of the day, the weather is expected to be spectacular. Winds will diminish and highs could reach the 70s.

    Skies are expected to be clear until Friday, when another front is expected to move in, bringing a 20 percent chance of rain.

    "It's beautiful weather for tourists, but we really need the rain. And this isn't the time of the year that we get it," Morales said.

    Tuesday's cold front brought wind and rain.

    It just so happened, Morales said, that the front contained "just enough moisture" in the air to produce rainshowers.

    Rain amounts varied widely in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. Up to 1.3 inches was reported in Hernando Beach, but most areas reported less than half an inch.

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