Orlando time capsule reveals thoughts on 2020 -- from 25 years ago
ORLANDO, Fla. – A time capsule buried at the Orange County Courthouse in 1995 was opened Tuesday, and it included predictions for the year 2020. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings joined other officials at the opening of the time capsule, which was buried at the site of the Orange County Courthouse as construction was completed 25 years ago. The items included photographs and letters from local residents, students and civic leaders documenting a “Day in the Life” in Orange County. The first item pulled out by Demings, who was an Orlando police captain in 1995, was a page of photos provided by Lockhart Middle School. Pamela Schwartz, of the Orange County Regional History Center, provided details about the items contained in the capsule, which also included a letter from Chiles, a commemorative Orange County Sheriff’s Office badge and various newspapers.
Forecasting Change: 2020 ties for hottest year on record
10 hottest global years on record. NASA has ranked 2020 as the warmest year on record. Keep in mind this happened in a La Nina year. The La Nina years usually create a dip in the heat in the atmosphere, but in recent years, they have been much warmer than compared to years past. Global temperatures from 1850-2020The top 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2000.
2020 officially one of the hottest years on record in Central Florida
Fun while it lasted: After a few cool and breezy days, a warmup is on the wayORLANDO, Fla. – After a year-long heat wave, Central Florida can officially write 2020 down in the record books. This continues to be the case for 2020, with two reporting stations reaching top spot for hottest year on record. 2020 Temperature Rankings2020 Rainfall Recap/Ranking:When it comes to rainfall across Central Florida, drier than normal conditions dominated the area for the first few months of the year, followed by a more active and stormier setup through the summer. Even though Central Florida was spared from any direct hit, increase in rainfall from nearby tropical systems, like Isaias, brought substantial totals to the region. The final count for 2020 rainfall totals was a mixed bag, depending on the location:
These 4 new Florida laws take effect this week; minimum wage inches up
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill dealing with a voter-approved prohibition on public officials and employees using their offices to benefit themselves, their families or employers is among four new laws that will take effect this week. In addition to the new laws, Florida’s minimum wage will inch up to $8.65 on Friday, before jumping to $10 on Sept. 30. The minimum wage has been $8.56 this year but will increase nine cents in January because of a 2004 constitutional amendment that tied increases to cost-of-living changes. The minimum wage for tipped workers will be $5.63 an hour as of Friday. The overall minimum wage, however, will accelerate in September because of a constitutional amendment that was approved in November by voters to eventually set the wage at $15 an hour.
2020 in headlines: All the biggest news stories of the year
(2020 Getty Images)On Jan. 9, the World Health Organization first announced news about the deadly coronavirus that had emerged in Wuhan, China. (2020 Getty Images)On March 24, it became official: The Olympics would be postponed. (2020 Getty Images)On May 4, it was reported that giant insects called “murder hornets” were spotted in the U.S., specifically, Washington state. (Getty Images)On Aug. 18, on the second night of the (virtual) 2020 Democratic National Convention, the party officially nominated Biden. (Getty Images)On Oct. 11, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in NBA Finals to win another championship.
That’s more like it, Florida! Big warm up to end the year
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sunday is the transition day to warmer times for the last week of 2020. After another cold start, temperatures warm back into the upper 60s. Future radarTemperatures warm back to the 70s Monday and through the middle of the week. Rain chances return later in the day New Year’s Day. Slightly cooler air returns for the first few day beyond New Year’s Day.
Here’s what people Googled this year to help make sense of 2020
Published: December 9, 2020, 9:25 am Updated: December 10, 2020, 9:47 amGoogle is out with its annual “year in search” list. Compiling it for 2020 was a big job considering the massive amount of newsworthy things that happened this year. Google says global queries including the word “why” such as “why is toilet paper sold out?” were searched more than in any year before. Searches for Zoom, Naya Rivera, Chadwick Boseman and Play Station 5 were also among the top 10. Election results2.
There’s a new kind of therapy for those who hate 2020 and it involves a tank
We think it’s safe to say no matter who you are, 2020 has ticked you off in some way possible. It’s called “Destruction Therapy” and it’s being used in the United Kingdom to help those affected by 2020. To make things better, the cars have “2020″ painted on the side to remind you where to focus your frustration. Destruction therapy will leave you feeling energized but also refreshed and ready to take on the last month of a year that has taken too long to end. Would you pay for destruction therapy?
Tropical Tracker: Iota keeps record-breaking category 5 streak alive, season slowing down?
ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2020 hurricane season rages on with no signs of slowing down as we approach the official end in 11 days. Iota slammed into Nicaragua as a strong category 4 hurricane just two weeks after Eta, also a category 4 hurricane devastated the country. Iota continued the already record-breaking streak of consecutive seasons with at least one category 5 hurricane. With Iota becoming a category 5 hurricane, the record has been extended to five straight seasons with a category 5 storm. Hurricane season officially runs through Nov. 30, but the season could linger into December much like it did in 2005.
No sun for two months: Sun sets for last time in 2020 in America’s northernmost city
ORLANDO, Fla. – Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, will watch the sun set for last time this year on Wednesday. In the winter months, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, keeping the sun below the horizon. The northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun and, therefore, the sun won’t set for a couple of months. This is also known as polar day or the midnight sun. Daylight will continue to decrease until the shortest day of the year, the first day of winter on Dec. 21.
Iota strengthens into 13th hurricane of the season
ORLANDO, Fla. – Early Sunday morning, Iota strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean becoming the 13th hurricane of the extremely busy Atlantic hurricane season. The record for most hurricanes in one season is 15, which was set in 2005 -- the only other season to have more than 12 hurricanes. As of the 7 a.m. advisory, Iota is an 85 mph storm moving west at 6 mph. The storm is expected to hit some of the same areas devastated by Hurricane Eta. Iota is the 30th named storm of the record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season.
2020-themed ‘dumpster fire’ items bring laughter to rough year
From the pandemic to politics, to hurricanes, 2020 has been a rough year for a lot of us. Some wouldn’t say it’s been a complete dumpster fire, but it’s been close. Now you can commemorate the sentiment with dumpster fire toys and Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament comes with a note saying they hope it brings the owner laughter. We checked, and they’re being sold for about 19 dollars a piece.
Tropical Tracker: Weakened Eta could approach Florida early next week
The storm is a shell of itself now, but is still bringing heavy rain to the mountainous regions of Central America. Regardless of where it goes, rain chances go up and the wind increases for Central Florida as onshore flow brings in tropical moisture to the state. Current forecasts have a tropical storm moving near Florida early next week. Impacts will be possible in Central Florida, but it’s too early to just what those impacts will be at this time. A similar stormHurricane Mitch in 1998In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated parts of Central America before re-emerging in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Eta forms, ties record for most storms in a single season in Atlantic
The 28th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Caribbean Saturday tying 2005 for most named storms in a single season. Eta also breaks the record for most names ever used by the National Hurricane Center. The only other time the Greek Alphabet was needed was the 2005 season. During the National Hurricane Center’s post season analysis of the 2005 season, a storm was found to have been missed, but was worthy of a name. Because of this, there is an unnamed 28th storm in the 2005 season.
Hurricanes Laura, Delta reminding Floridians of Frances, Jeanne from 2004
Delta is expected to make landfall in Western Louisiana Friday as a Category 2 hurricane just six weeks after Category 4 Laura devastated those same areas. Delta will be the fourth named storm -- following Cristobal, Marco and Laura -- to make landfall in Louisiana in what has been an extremely busy hurricane season for the Gulf Coast. 2004 was a rough hurricane season for the Sunshine State to say the least. Five named storms impacted Florida in 2004Frances and Jeanne took the 2004 hurricane season to another level by making landfall just a few miles apart within three weeks of each other. In total, three of the four hurricanes that impacted Florida in the 2004 season occurred in a three-week period in September.
How do tropical storms and hurricanes get their names?
ORLANDO, Fla. The next name on the 2020 list is raising some questions as to who actually names these storms. If youre looking for the short answer as to who names the storms, the World Meteorological Organization has the responsibility for naming the storms that impact the Atlantic Basin. The pre-designated list of names is proposed by the members that are relevant to where the storms may impact. In 1953, the U.S. began using female names. It wasnt until 1979 that both male and female names were used in the Atlantic Basin.
Publix is celebrating 2020 graduates with cake, banners and fun
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. The global pandemic isn’t stopping Publix from celebrating its 2020 graduated with all the bells and whistles. In addition to celebrating all of the 2020 graduates, Publix wants grads to know that you can be anything you want to be if you decide to come work for them after graduation. It doesn’t matter if you have an interest in marketing, interior design or you want to be on the frontlines, Publix has a place for you on its team.
28 things you probably forgot happened in the whirlwind that 2020 has been
So let’s take a look at all of the wild things that happened so far this year that you probably already forgot about, shall we? (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Jan. 3: Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike by the U.S. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Feb. 5: After months of investigations, hearings and lots of tweets from Trump, the president was acquitted by the Senate on both articles of impeachment. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)And now we’re in June. It’s hard to believe that all of those things happened during a pandemic, so who knows what else is next?
Volusia County sets July dates for high school graduation ceremonies
DeLAND, Fla. – Volusia County Schools announced backup dates for graduation ceremonies and rehearsals due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, school officials said the new dates for graduation will be during the week of July 9 with rehearsals beginning July 6. The list of school graduation ceremonies for all 10 Volusia County high schools, including dates and times is below:School Date TimeTaylor July 9 8:30 a.m. DeLand July 9 12:30 p.m. Mainland July 9 4:30 p.m. Seabreeze July 9 7:30 p.m. Atlantic July 10 8:30 a.m. Spruce Creek July 10 12:30 p.m. New Smyrna July 10 4:30 p.m. Pine Ridge July 11 8:30 a.m. Deltona July 11 12:30 p.m. University July 11 4:30 p.m.Seminole and Osceola counties have made similar announcements. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Presidential candidates calling it quits prompts Florida voters to ask for second early ballot
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Many Florida voters who opted to make their votes count on an early ballot before next week’s presidential primary find themselves without a candidate in the race after several candidates officials ended their campaigns this week. Orange County’s Supervisor of Elections said his office has been receiving calls from voters asking for a chance to vote again before Florida’s March 17 presidential preference primary. “Understand the national parties gave the state the list of candidates for the ballot of Democrats and Republicans back in December," Cowles said. “If they voted early by spending their vote by mail-in they can’t get it back," Cowles said. All voters should check their respective county supervisor of elections web sites for locations for early voting.