Posted: Sep 13, 2020 / 02:54 AM EDTUpdated: Sep 13, 2020 / 12:50 PM EDT
The map above shows the amount of rain expected over the next 7 days (from the Weather Prediction Center). You can see the heavy rain down south has (what will be) Hurricane Sally comes into LA and MS. This will be a significant storm with the potential for a strong storm surge and very heavy rainfall totals.
Not much rain for much of the country. The West Michigan rainfall may be a touch overdone. We won’t see much rain this coming week. It’s nice to see some rain forecast for the fire-ravaged areas of Washington and Oregon. They’ve had a little more favorable weather of late with temperatures coming down a bit and humidities coming up a bit.
Check out the satellite picture from Saturday PM – showing the smoke plume from California to Michigan, with more smoke from N. California up into much of the Pacific Northwest. This has really been a terrible couple of weeks for Western wildfires. Too many of these fires are started by arsonists…like these in Oregon, California and Hawaii. From the Insurance Information Institute: “As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava (Hawaii)”.
Smoke from Western wildfires will likely reach the Great Lakes. It will turn the sky from a bright blue to a milky white. Sunrises and sunsets may look a little different. Light winds and cooler temperatures are a help to firefighters in OR and WA.
There’s a Beach Hazards Statement for Lake Michigan from Holland to the north this Sunday PM. Do not jump off or swim near the piers and breakwaters this PM. Waves could kick up to 2-5 feet and wash over the piers. Dangerous currents may develop near the piers and breakwaters. The water is cool – the water temp. Sunday AM at Holland St. Park was 62.6. Inland, the water temp. of Reeds Lake is 68.