Dry the Rest of This Week

Bill’s Blog

Posted: Oct 4, 2020 / 11:52 PM EDT Updated: Oct 5, 2020 / 01:21 AM EDT

The map above is the expected rainfall over the next 7 days. As you can see, Southern Lower Michigan is not expected to have any measurable rainfall. Only light amounts are expected in N. Lower Michigan, generally north of US 10, where a light shower is possible either Monday night or Tuesday night.

Heavy rainfall is likely later this week as Hurricane Delta comes ashore late this week. There will also be significant rainfall in the West, which will be helpful to those still fighting wildfires.

Number of Wildfires in the U.S. this year and the number of acres burned

The table above shows the number of wildfires in the U.S. through Oct. 4 for this year and the 10 previous years and also the number of acres burned. This year the total number of wildfires this year (44,643) is a little below the 10-year average. The number of acres burned this year (7,737,667) is well above the 10-year average, but also just 6th out of the 11 years.

The Glass Fire in Napa County has consumed over 64,000 acres and is only 20% contained. The fire has destroyed 826 structures.

A 90% full moon over Kalamazoo Sun. Evening

The first four days of October were 8.7 deg. cooler than average. We’ve had measurable rain on six of the last seven days. For the week from Sept. 27 to Oct., we had just 25.4% of possible sunshine.

South Haven Channel Sunday Evening 10 4 20

This is a screen grab from the camera at the S. Haven channel. There is a light shower over the lake and you can see the rain shaft. It was quite windy at the lakeshore and the wind kicked up some big waves that were crashing over the breakwater. Wave height peaked at 7.5 feet at the S. Haven buoy at 3:30 pm. The peak wind gust at the S. Haven Lighthouse was 42 mph.