29. Some stray storms last night missed us, and Hurricane Felix is a Category 5 making landfall in Central America.
To recap the Labor Day weekend:
On Friday the temperature failed to reach 70 but warmed into the lower 80s on Saturday & Sunday before winds and clouds moved in on Monday, keeping the temp in the lower 70s.
A high pressure moved across the region late Friday/early Saturday, the barometer peaked at 30.22 "Hg and then returned to 29.95 "Hg by Sunday morning. Another high pressure in Ontario began building in Monday morning but the barometer dropped fast Monday night as a warm front to our south began advancing into the area. Elevated storms began firing in the Arrowhead of MN last night and drifted SE towards the warm/stationary front. The storms moved across Lake Superior and headed in the UP of MI, missing the Bayfield Peninsula but brining a little rain to the outer Apostle Islands. The map (on the right) is radar estimates of how much rain has fallen in these storms. The lightest blue is less than 0.01", and the oranges up by Grand Marais, MN indicates 3" had fallen. I measured 0.02" as some thunder & showers moved over the house at 0:30 last night.
This morning a broken line of storms remain drifting SE across Lake Superior, aiming for Michigan, triggering a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Houghton County from 10:00 to 10:30 EDT for penny-sized hail. Current conditions at 8:25:
Temp: 62.0 Dewpoint: 59.3 Barometer: 29.92 "Hg Wind: calm Hurricane Felix This morning Hurricane Felix has made landfall in Central America on the Honduras/Nicaragua border as a category 5 hurricane. Now, at landfall, he currently he has:
central pressure: 939 mb (27.73 "Hg) eye diameter: 17 miles across
sustained winds: 155 mph winds gusting to: 190 mph
maximum waves: 12 feet high
Besides being a deadly storm in some mountainous & poor countries that are prone to mudslides, he is making news in two other ways:
1) This is the shortest time period to develop into a category 5 hurricane -- 51 hours (2.1 days). It usually takes 3 to 5 days to form just a category 1 Hurricane.
2) This is the first time in recorded history (since 1886) that two category 5 storms have made landfall in the same season. In the past it would never be more than one per year. The previous hurricane that reached category 5 this year was Dean that made his first landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.