5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 27

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 27.

(1) Herd of Thunder Marching Band London offer

The University of South Florida's "Herd of Thunder" Marching Band is scheduled to receive a formal invitation on Monday to perform in London's 2013 New Year's Day Parade.

Lord Mayor of London Alderman David Wootton will visit the School of Music Concert Hall at 9:30 a.m. to extend the invitation.

The marching band originally received the offer in the summer of 2011. It was discussed over the past few months by band directors, College of The Arts administrators, the Athletic Director and President Judy Genshaft.

Everyone involved in the decision to accept the offer recognized the unique opportunity the parade offers to promote the school internationally.

The cost for students to attend the parade in London will be approximately $3,000. No formal fundraising events have been planned. USF will cancel the trip if fewer than 100 playing members commit to traveling to London.

For more information, visit herdofthunder.usf.edu .

(2) FHP aggressive driving crackdown

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) begins at three-day crackdown on aggressive driving on Monday.

Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who are following too closely, making unsafe lane changes and speeding.

The campaign hopes to reduce motor-vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities.

The FHP reports that actions by drivers account for 88 percent of crashes. Only 12 percent of accidents are caused by vehicle defects, road conditions or inclement weather.

In addition to targeted enforcement, the campaign will use billboard and radio messages to increase awareness among car and truck drivers of safe driving behaviors and of the heightened risk of receiving a ticket for an aggressive driving violation.

For more information about the FHP, visit www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/ .

(3) Doppler radar installation begins

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Ruskin is scheduled to begin upgrading its Doppler radar on Monday.

The new technology being installed is the latest dual polarization technology which will give forecasters better information about heavy rainfall in flooding events, hail detection in thunderstorms and recognize whether precipitation is in the form of rain, snow or ice.

"This is the most significant upgrade to the nation's weather radar network since Doppler radar was first installed in the early 1990s," said Jack Hayes, director of the National Weather Service. "Dual polarization technology provides significantly more information and clearer pictures of current weather conditions."

Installation is scheduled to last approximately 12 days. During the upgrade, other Doppler radars across the state of Florida will provide coverage the Ruskin radar normally would.

ABC Action News meteorologist Wayne Shattuck says the outage will not affect our ability to bring you up-to-date conditions or forecasts and when the installation is complete it will improve our station's ability to track storms as they approach and move through the Bay Area.

Installation of dual polarization technology in all 122 National Weather Service radars is expected to be completed in 2013

For more information, visit weather.gov .

(4) Honda Classic week begins

The 2012 PGA Florida Swing officially gets underway with the start of Honda Classic week.

The Honda Class is held at the PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens. Tiger Woods is scheduled to compete in the event which is located near his home on Jupiter Island.

The Honda Class has been played since 1972 at various courses in south Florida. Honda has been the title sponsor since 1982.

Today the Fins Cup Pro-Am will be held. Current and former Miami Dolphins players along with PGA Tour professionals tee it up on the Champion Course.

Wednesday Kenny G hosts his celebrity Kenny G Gold Pro-Am where amateurs team up with professionals on the Champion Course in an official PGA Tour Pro-Am event.

The four-day Honda Classic with a $5.7 million purse begins on Thursday. The first two rounds will be aired on the Golf Channel with NBC broadcasting six hours of coverage on the weekend.

For more information or tickets, call (866) 846-6328 or visit hondaclassic.com .

The other three Florida Swing PGA Tour events are as follows:

March 8-11: WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Doral

March 15-18: Transitions Championship, Westin Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor

March 22-25: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando

(5) Daytona 500

For the first time in the 54-year history of the Daytona 500, the race will be run on a Monday.

NASCAR officials postponed the race Sunday after heavy rains inundated the east coast of Florida making racing at Daytona International Speedway unsafe.

Officials waited more than four hours hoping for the rains to stop before moving the race to Monday. Unfortunately, the weather forecast calls for more rain today.

Officials say they are prepared to wait all day and into the night before pushing the race back another day.

The race is scheduled to begin at noon and with television coverage provided on FOX.

While no previous Daytona 500s were postponed, eight times it has endured rain delays. The rain delay at Daytona came in 2009 when Matt Kenseth won when the race was stopped 48 laps from the finish.

For more information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com .

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