The map above shows the amount of rain expected over the next 7 days. You can see the heavy rain in the South and Southeast from Hurricane Sally This will be a significant storm with the potential for a strong storm surge, very heavy rainfall totals and flooding. The Pacific NW gets some welcome rain. Conditions have been more favorable for firefighters with fairly light winds and a little higher humidity the past couple days.
Not much rain for much of the country. The computer models give West Michigan dry weather over the next week, with a slight chance of a shower with a passing front Wed. PM.
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. One major fire was started at a gender reveal party. 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 turned the sky from a bright blue to a milky white. Sunrises and sunsets may look a little different. In the pic. above from Dave Beebe, the sun set into the smoky haze in a faint red color. Light winds and cooler temperatures are a help to firefighters in OR and WA.
Lake Michigan water is cool – the water temp. Tuesday AM at Holland St. Park was 64. Inland, the water temp. of Reeds Lake is 67.