It'll take nothing short of a miracle to hold off the rain for Sunday's "Cross Day" in Tarpon Springs, celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.
For the nearly six dozen teenage boys expected to jump into the chilly, dark waters of Spring Bayou in downtown Tarpon Springs in an attempt to be the first to retrieve a cross tossed-in by their Archbishop for the annual St. Nicholas Epiphany -- a fete believed to bring good fortune to the successful young man -- getting wet will not be a problem. Getting warm may be, as temperatures will only reach the mid-to-upper 60s along the coast with water temperatures hovering in the lower-60s.
For the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 in attendance, rain-gear will be a must to stay dry.
The same weather system producing the dreary weather today will stay through the weekend and act as a "train track" in the sky, pulling a storm system directly through Tampa Bay late this weekend. That will result in potentially heavy precipitation -- especially in northern sections of the Bay Area.
The steadiest rain is likely to begin after the outdoor portion of the event gets underway early Sunday afternoon, but during ceremonies a general on-and-off light to moderate rain with drizzle can be expected.
The procession to the Bayou from St. Nicholas Cathedral begins at 12:30pm with the blessing of the water then the dive at 1pm. For more information, visit their web site. (http://www.epiphanycity.org/epiphany2013.html)
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