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What you need to know for Monday, March 21

Florida Senator Bill Nelson visits MacDill Air Force base on Monday to discuss hangar space for NOAA's hurricane hunter aircraft. [CHRIS ZUPPA, Times]

Florida Senator Bill Nelson visits MacDill Air Force base on Monday to discuss hangar space for NOAA's hurricane hunter aircraft. [CHRIS ZUPPA, Times]

• The rainy conditions that cleared overnight give way to a sunny and cool Monday with highs in the 60s, according to10Weather WTSP. High pressure should keep precipitation at bay through Thursday with our next chance of rain expected Friday.

• As his trip to Cuba continues, President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Raúl Castro today. Obama also will attend sessions on entrepreneurship in which American executives, Cuban Americans, Cuban entrepreneurs and government representatives will discuss how they might cooperate. The day concludes with a state dinner at the Revolutionary Palace.

• Sen. Bill Nelson will be at MacDill Air Force base meeting with officials from NOAA and the Air Force to discuss the situation regarding hangar space for the weather agency's fleet of hurricane hunter airplanes.

• When Hurricane Patricia roared ashore in Mexico last October, its winds were measured at more than 200 mph, well beyond the magnitude of a Category 5 storm. It was the strongest, most intense, hurricane on record. But that wasn't the biggest news. In just 24 hours, Patricia's winds had ramped up from a modest Category 1 storm to 207 mph — a "remarkable" intensification no one had predicted, and a nightmare scenario for meteorologists entrusted with saving lives. That unprecedented acceleration underscores the challenges of intensity forecasting, which is a topic of discussion at the 2016 National Hurricane Conference that begins today in Orlando.

• It's Mock Draft Monday. Staff writer Matt Baker brings you up to date on the latest projections for the Bucs and the top state college players this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• NFL owners are meeting today through Wednesday in Boca Raton. Follow beat writers Rick Stroud (@NFLStroud) and Greg Auman (@gregauman) on Twitter for updates.

• Take a look at the top things to do in Tampa Bay this week, including the Tampa Pride parade and sunrise services for Easter Sunday.

What you need to know for Monday, March 21 03/21/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2016 8:59am]
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