The high temperature in Tampa reached 76 degrees Thursday, the same high recorded at another tropical playground: Rapid City, S.D. Things will be even cooler today and tonight, in Florida if not South Dakota. The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny skies today, highs in the low 70s and northwesterly breezes to 15 mph. Tonight should be clear and cold, with temperatures dropping into the lower 50s, the coldest temperatures so far in this autumn of record-breaking heat. But remember, Florida's relatively cool temperatures can be somebody else's balmy break. "It's nice," Wind Cave National Park Chief Naturalist Bill Swift said Thursday of western South Dakota's mild temperatures. "I'll call back in January," he added. Florida officials said they hope the cooler weather will slow the outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis, a mosquito-borne disease that has taken two lives. Temperatures have to fall into the mid-40s to wipe out the mosquitoes that spread the disease.Correction
Public memorial services for Jill Marie Van Wormer will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home at 3530 49th St. N in St. Petersburg. A story Wednesday said services would be private.