Huge contrast in the weather across the country!
Hurricane Michael made landfall this morning over Mexico Beach, Florida around 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The sustained winds were up to 155 mph. That was 2 mph away from reaching Category 5 status. It was definitely one for the record books. Hurricanes are given names so we remember their attributes at time of landfall. I’m almost certain the name “Michael” will be retired from the list of hurricane names that get recycled every 6 years.
Michael will be known for its rapid intensification, wind damage and forward speed. Thank goodness, at the time of landfall, Michael was moving northeast at 16 mph. It was a fast moving storm. By contrast, when Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas it was inching along at 3 mph. Then it stalled for nearly 3 days. This generated the deluge of rain that we saw. Michael exploded onto the coast and raced away as fast as it came in. But, the damage I’ve seen so far testifies to the nature of a catastrophic storm.
By comparison, the western states had a blast of wintry like weather. In fact, the storm that moved through the Treasure Valley Tuesday brought us a record breaking .93” of rain along with some snow in our local mountains. But, that same storm dumped 16” of snow at Snowbird Ski Resort near Salt Lake City. The way the pattern is shaping up for us, we’re now going to see a dry stretch of weather that will give us sunny skies and cooler than normal temperatures through the weekend and possibly into the middle of next week.