29. Recap of Wed (9/12): Cloudy morning, cool but clear and breezy afternoon; and Thur (9/13): Two line of storms, windy. Hurricane Humbertolandfall.
Temps: 38.6 / 53.5 Dewpoints: rising to 46 degrees Barometer: rising to 30.20 "Hg then falling Wind gust: 11 mph ESE at 17:05 Rain: none
A high pressure moved into the region mid-day Wednesday that was able to clear out the cloudsand allow some sunshine. Winds turned to the NE or E, but the sun is still high enough in the sky to provide some warmth. Temps warmed up the upper 50s and lower 60s.
The picture (right) is a red maple near the house that is almost completely deep red. It's the only tree that I've seen so changed... most are still hanging on to green. And that's a hot of a Burgundy Sunflower in the garden (left).
Thursday's Numbers: Temps: 45.4 / 63.9 Dewpoints: peaking at 55 degrees before falling Barometer: falling to 29.75 then rising again Wind gust: 18 mph WNW at 16:20 Rain: 0.06" A line of storms fired up unexpectedly at 4:00 over Iron, Ashland, Sawyer, and Rusk Counties as a warm front moved north across the region. The radar image's timestamp is 4:06.
The morning started off partly sunny but clouds spread out ahead of a second round of storms and rain. The lightning ahead of the line of storms was beautiful - forked and varied, and stretching across the sky. The storms triggered several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings along the St. Croix River valley where there was hail up to 3/4 inches reported.
By the time the line made it to Ashland and Sawyer Counties it was weaker and produced a tenth of rain or less. Butternut reported the highest amount at 0.20". On the hill my weather station reported 0.06".
Hurricane Humberto... the eighth named storm of 2007 Humberto moved onshore along the far eastern coast of TX as a Category 1 with winds of 85 mph in the early hours of Thursday the 13th. The storm surprised everyone -- it went from Tropical Depression to Category 1 status in just 14 hours... a new record. If it had been able to stay over the warm Gulf of Mexico another day, it could have several categories stronger. As is, 12 to 14 inches fell over Jefferson County, TX; up to 7 inches in Louisiana, and several more inches ahead of its path across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee today. Alabama is in the worst drought on record, this rain will help.