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These are the Severe Weather Outlook maps for today (Wed.), tomorrow (Thu.) and the next day (Fri.). This could be a significant severe weather day in the Central U.S. There is an Enhanced Outlook (in orange) for a large part of Oklahoma and small parts of SE Kansas, W. Missouri and N. Texas. The Slight Risk (in yellow) some north into SE Minnesota and far W. Wisconsin. SPC says: “Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected especially across portions of the south-central Plains late this afternoon and evening, with very large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes possible.” The General (not severe) Thunderstorm Outlook comes into far SW Michigan Sunday PM.
Model data – warm and dry today – mid-upper 70s. The models have rain starting about mid-afternoon Sunday from west to east. The NAM had only a 9% chance of measurable rain from 8 am to 2 pm Sunday, then a 58% chance of measurable rain from 2 pm to 8 pm. The GFS has a 15% chance before 2 pm and an 82% chance of measurable rain from 2 pm to 8 pm. The GFS still has us mild on Monday (high 68) – then high temps. in the 50s Tues. thru Friday with a high of 49 on Sat. the 28th.
Here’s high temps. across the U.S. on Friday. The most incredible high temp. was the 81 at Houghton MI – 30 deg. warmer than average and warmer than Gulfport, Baton Rouge and Houston. It was cool in the Pacific NW, but warm over much of the rest of the country. There’s an elevated fire danger in N. Lower Michigan today.
Typhoon “Lan” threatens Japan. The eye of the storm could come close to Tokyo. Wave heights of up to 39ft recorded earlier SSW of Ireland. The temp. at Salt Lake City dropped 18 deg. in an hour from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Don’t see that too often in the middle of the day. Why do leaves change color. A kitten who was rescued in the aftermath of a CA wildfire. U.S. snowfall extremes. Long-lived thunderstorm outflow boundary. Wintry in Scandinavia. Shoveling hail in Mexico.
The top pic. is sunset Friday evening at the Muskegon, Michigan Channel, where there was a fair amount of boat traffic for Oct. 20. It was an unseasonably warm day across the Great Lakes. The high temperature of 81 at Houghton was 30 degrees warmer than the average high temp. for the date!
Lake Michigan water temps. are warmer than average due to the warm weather we’ve had over the past 6 weeks. Note the spike that occurred when we had the 6 days in the 90s from Sept. 21-26. The water temp. of the Great Lakes is certainly a factor during lake-effect snow (and rain) events.
The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron (one lake for lake-level purposes) is down 2″ in the last month, but up 7″ year-to-year. The lake remains 17″ above the average October water level. Lake Superior is also down 2″ in the last month…but up 3″ in the last year. Superior is now 7″ above the October average. Lake Erie is down 4″ in the last month, but up 6″ in the last year and 16″ above the average Oct. level. Lake Ontario dropped 7″ in the last month (they have been trying to reduce the water level of Ontario, after an all-time record high level was reached last spring. Ontario is still 13″ above the level of one year ago and 9″ above the October average. Lake St. Clair is down 5″ in the last month, up 5″ year-to-year and 18″ above the Oct. average. All the rivers that connect the Great Lakes have above average flow and that is expected to continue into 2018.
River levels are falling after last weekends heavy rain, but are still high. As I write this (2am Sat. 10/21), the Grand River in G.R. shows a flow of 4,100 cubic feet per second, about double the average flow of 1,910 for the date. The Kalamazoo River at Comstock is at 1,710 cfs compared to an average of 629 cfs. Areas that didn’t see the heavy rain have average water levels. The Muskegon River at Croton is at 1,290 cfs, almost exactly at the average flow of 1,280 cfs.
Also: Great Lakes ports enjoying one of the best shipping years ever. Michigan DNR nears completion of fisheries strategic plan. Reintroducing the Canada lynx to Isle Royale. Lake Superior’s high water level threatens shoreline. Marinette shipbuilder lands 584 million dollar contract. “Epic” salmon run this fall. Sea lamprey numbers up. Lakes Huron and Michigan have gotten significantly clearer in the past 20 years. Thousands of lake sturgeon released. Diver discovers historic wreck.
Here’s the sunset Thurs. evening from our Noto’s at the Bil-Mar camera at Grand Haven. There’s a few high, cirrus clouds and a couple of jet contrails to the west. This was the third consecutive sunny day in West Michigan.
These are the high temps. today. We reached 67 in Grand Rapids, eight degrees above our average high of 59. We had 10 hours and 52 minutes between sunrise and sunset today. That falls to 10 hours and 49 minutes tomorrow.
Tomorrow and Saturday will be the warmest days, with highs in the low-mid 70s. Clouds and rain will keep temps. in the upper 60s on Sunday (it may be dry Sun. AM with rain developing around mid-aftn.) with the bulk of the cool air arriving for Tuesday through the end of next week.
Thanks to Andy Schut for pointing out the BIG dewpoint drop today. This is East Grand Rapids, where the dewpoint peaked at 48.8 at 9:25 am – then fell to 24.7 by 12:50 pm. At night the wind often slows down or even stops, allowing relatively moist air to hang near the ground. During the morning, the sun heats the ground and that heats the air above the ground. Rising currents start to mix surface air with air above the surface. This mixing allows the surface wind to increase and it allows drier air aloft to mix down to the surface. While this process takes place many days of the year, it was very pronounced today with very dry air above the surface.
Here’s U.S. High Temperatures from Thurs. Bismarck ND made 80 for the 2nd day in a row. They were warmer than Monterrey, Mexico. Hettinger ND had a low of 31 (below freezing) and a high of 81 on Thurs. It was raining lightning in Santa Rosa CA – the weather has been very favorable the past few days for putting out the wildfires…cool with light winds. Rainfall Thurs: 2.62″ Port Angeles WA and Seaside OR, 1.16″ Gasquet CA, 1.97″ Seattle, 0.90″ Portland OR, 1.85″ Olympia WA, 0.71″ Crescent City CA.
Also – I used to ride my bicycle out here to study when I was in college. Look at this “SNEAKER WAVE“. Snow in Washington State. Pretty sunrise. Very pretty Gulf sunset. Oil’s well that ends well. Wicked t-storm in Spain. The “snow” reports in some of the ASOS obs this morning across se CO are caused by spiders building webs on the sensors. Downtown Kalamazoo viaduct in 1939. Snow has come to the mountains of Spain. Fall flowers and pumpkins.
Up top is the MODIS satellite picture from Weds. PM – Skies were clear. See what you can pick out in the picture…Can you find the Silver Lake sand dunes, Beaver Island, the Grand Rapids (Ford) Airport, the Sleeping Bear dunes, Milwaukee…
Here’s high temps. from Weds. Mild air covers the Lower 48 states, with highs in the 60s, 70s and 80s – with a few 90s in the desert. SW. Most of the country was dry, but there were a few exceptions. Forks, Washington had 3.36″ of rain and Quillayute had 2.77″. That’s on the Pacific Coast. They also had wind gusts to 45-50 mph at the shore and up to 80 mph on the mountaintops. Daytona Beach FL had 1.45″ of rain.
Here’s high temps. for the next 5 days. We have yet to have a day this month when the average temperature was below normal. So far, October is 6.9 deg. warmer than average in. G.R. Big change next week as cold air comes callin‘.
There are no sunspots on the sun for the 2nd day in a row. We have now had 65 days this year when the sun has been “blank”. We had 32 days with no sunspots in 2016 and there were only 4 days without sunspots in the five years from 2011-2015.
The planet Uranus reaches opposition today, the closest point in its orbit to Earth. This is the highest that Uranus has been at opposition since the 1960s. Venus is the bright planet in the east just before sunrise. The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks Friday night. Beautiful Alaska.
Also: Only 3.75 Cat. 3+ (>=111 mph) typhoon days in NW Pacific so far in 2017 – the fewest NW Pacific Cat. 3+ typhoon days thru 10/18 since 1984. 10-year anniversary of the Williamston MI tornado – 2 fatalities. Sunset in the California redwood forest. Distant rain shaft past Miami. Large hail in Argentina. Flooding in Spain. Video of landspout tornado in Argentina.
The Muskegon Beach (GLERL – from NOAA Coastwatch) camera caught the Lake Express Ferry heading out of the channel this AM unto a fairly choppy Lake Michigan. Small Craft Advisories are out for today and tonight. This will be upgraded to Gale Warnings for areas north of Whitehall from 2 pm today to 4 am tomorrow AM.
Check out the surfers at Grand Haven this morning. Shortly before noon, waves were 5.2 feet at the Ludington Buoy and 5.6 feet at the Port Sheldon buoy near Holland. Water temps. this AM: Reeds Lake (East G.R.) 61, S. Haven buoy 59.3, Port Sheldon buoy 60.1, Muskegon buoy 60.6 and Ludington 60.3. Those are warm temps. for mid-October and the set up for at least a band of lake-effect rain looks likely for the middle of next week when the colder air gets here.
In this pic. from the S. Haven Lighthouse, you can see the darker (sediment-filled) water from the S. Haven Channel moving out of the channel and then around the north breakwater with the southwest wind. Quite a difference in low temps. this AM. Grand Rapids stopped at 47. Kalamazoo dropped to 41 when the wind went calm (cold air settles near the ground when the wind doesn’t stir the air). With the wind coming in off the warmer water, the low was 57 at the Muskegon airport and 59.7 at the Muskegon Beach, a drop of only 3.1 deg. from the high of 62.8 yesterday.
This is the upper level wind flow for next Weds. PM…quite the change from the warm pattern we have this week. There’s a big trough over the Eastern U.S. and the wind flow aloft over Michigan is coming from Central Canada, instead of Texas. So, the cool is coming!
This is the projected path of Typhoon (hurricane) Lan – heading right for Tokyo. This will be a major storm for Japan with +100 mph wind gusts possible along the East Coast areas of Japan. This is a “recurving typhoon” and when that happens, very often that means an upper level trough (and cooler air) for the Eastern U.S.
There were no severe weather reports in the U.S. on Tuesday and no one was reporting a thunderstorm at 11 am this AM. However, there have been some (non-severe) thunderstorms south of the Florida Keys.
ALSO: “Here comes the bride!” Santa Rosa Hospital in CA reopening. Watch the wildfire approach on this video 9 days ago. Thin crescent moon and Venus to the east this AM. A coronal hole is facing Earth. Enhanced solar wind could arrive in ~3 days – Follow live on https://www.spaceweatherlive.com 6.4 magnitude e-quake in Tonga (western Pacific). Popularity of Cross Country and Soccer increasing, basketball decreasing. Heavy rain expected in western Washington and Oregon. Strong winds in Montana. 245,000 acres burned in CA in 9 days (fire likely arson?). 13 deg. this AM on top of Mt. Washington NH. Flooding in Vietnam. Solar panels in the Virgin Is. destroyed by hurricane Irma. You’d be out of power for many days (weeks?) if you didn’t have a back-up power source (fossil fuel). Elevation makes a difference in the time of the fall color change.
This was sunset last night from the Noto’s at the Bil-Mar Restaurant at Grand Haven. We have four more mostly sunny and dry days ahead from today thru Saturday. There could be a scattered high cloud, but overall clear skies day and night into at least Saturday AM.
These are high temps. from Tuesday. The readings at the lakeshore are airport high temps. At the Muskegon Beach the wind has been steady from the southwest off the water and the temperature has varied by only 3.3 deg. over the past 24-hours…from a low of 59.5 at noon to a high of 62.8 at 6 pm. At 1:40 am it’s still 61.7.
These are U.S. high temps. from Tuesday. Bismarck ND had a high of 80 – 23 deg. above the average high of 57. However, the low temp. was 30 – that was 2 deg. cooler than average! They and several other places in N. Dakota had daily temperature rises of 50 degrees.
Also: Check out the drone pics. of the Briggs Dam that failed at Paw Paw over the weekend. Yesterday Houston fell to 51 F for the first time since May 1. There were no severe weather reports in the U.S. on Tuesday. U.S. forest acres burned 1926-2017. Calm water and beautiful fall colors in New York State. Weather balloon run over by combine. The beautiful Teton Mountains of WY. How’d you like to be on this ship! Why do leaves change color. Videos of Ophelia’s winds in Ireland. Wildfires in Portugal. Another Portugal video. Watch how fast this fire ramps up. Burned boat ran aground at S. Haven. Who’s driving in that! The Erie Canal.
This is the 5-day (Tues. thru Saturday) rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center. No rain for Michigan. The rain in MN and IA should move east and give us a chance of showers on Sunday. Temperatures will be much above average (high of 60) this week. Shift to cool next week. Hope that rainfall forecast in NW Washington is too high. Kalamazoo airport ended up with 6.30″ of rain over the weekend, the biggest 2-day total since 6.78″ on Sep 13-14, 2008. Battle Creek Kellogg airport ended up with 4.91″ rain this weekend, biggest 2-day total since 7.26″ on Sep 13-14, 2008.
This pic. from the S. Haven channel on Monday shows two different colors to the water. The river water coming out the channel is darker (a lot of sediment from the heavy rain over the weekend. Here’s the story of the boat that burned off the S. Haven Channel on Monday – 2 injured. Excellent wave shot from Stacey Anne Leeson.
Ophelia brought wind gusts of up to 96 mph to Ireland on Monday and left hundreds of thousands without power. The peak wind from Debbie in 1961 gave Ireland wind gusts as high as 113 mph (107 mph at Shannon). The winds of the storm brought smoke from Portugal wildfires and a little dust from the Sahara desert north to England, giving them a day with an eerie yellow sky and a dim, beet-red sun. At least 10 flights made emergency landings in UK today due to burn smell in cabin caused by Ophelia. Look at these people playing in the waves. Impressive storm surge in Ireland. Roof taken off soccer stadium. Another big storm will threaten Ireland late this week. Waves in Wales. Watch a roof fly off from Ophelia’s wind. Trees toppled. Look at this wind and wave video.
Typhoon “Lan” will move north toward Japan…a recurving typhoon often means cooler weather in the eastern U.S. in 6-10 days.
ALSO: Winter comes early on top of Mt. Washington NH. Very cold in N/NE Canada. Who doesn’t love a good dog story. Or a good squirrel story. Sunset at Mission Point – home of Sgt. York in N. Tennessee. Why do leaves change color. Clouds moving in different directions mean the wind changes direction with altitude. Fall colors in Clare Co.
Satellite pic. shows devastation of California wildfires. Also, large wildfires in Portugal.
Up top is a pic. shortly after noon from the S. Haven Lighthouse. The lake has calmed down with waves early afternoon running 1.5 to 2 feet at the buoys. Waves peaked at 10-12 feet at the buoys yesterday.
The rain has ended. We have partly cloudy skies in W. Michigan with temps. generally in the mid 50s (average high for today is 60). Low temps. last night were in the low-mid 40s. Some cooler readings: 39 at Lansing, Ionia, Charlotte, Hillsdale and Big Rapids, 38 at Ludington, 35 at Cadillac, 30 at Leota (Clare Co.), 27 at Roscommon, Pellston and Manistique and 23 at Doe Lake in the U.P.
This is the projected path of Tropical Storm “Lan”. This looks to be a “recurving” storm. Storms that curl – make a “C” shaped loop near Japan often induce a trough in the upper atmosphere over the Eastern U.S. If that is the case, we’re about 8-10 days away from our first real shot of chilly fall air (daytime temps. in the 40s). In the meantime, we should stay warmer than average for the next week.
Hope you’re having an awesome day. Hope you can catch me give the complete forecast on 24 Hour News 8 this evening.
Here’s local and regional radar – these will update automatically. I’ll leave radar up for the last showers and sprinkles that should exit the area by mid-afternoon. Rainfall will be light. After the rain ends, we’ll be dry the rest of the week, with a chance of showers again next Sat. night or more likely Sunday.
Here’s some rainfall totals from Sat./Sat. Night. That’s the heaviest 2-day rainfall in Kalamazoo since Sept. 2008, when the remnants of Hurricane Ike passed over SW Michigan. Paw Paw had 13 times more rain in 30-hours over the weekend than Grand Rapids had in the whole month of September. Here’s a link to more rainfall totals from around W. Michigan. The Briggs Mill Dam near Paw Paw failed. Fortunately, this didn’t cause any major problems. They had already drawn the water down for the winter on Maple Lake (I’ve been swimming in that lake). And…a lightning hit has closed a school today.
This is a pic. from the S. Haven Lighthouse shortly after noon on Sunday. You can see the waves breaking over the pier…you’d be swept into the water if you were out there. Waves reached 11.8 feet at the Ludington buoy and the 11.5 feet at the S. Haven Buoy.
Also – follow extratropical storm “Ophelia” as it moves across Ireland at the website of the Irish Meteorological Weather Service. All schools in Ireland are closed today. Dozens of flights have been cancelled at the Dublin Airport. Real-time blog on the storm here.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station, the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph, the Port Sheldon buoy, the S. Haven buoy, the Muskegon buoy and the Ludington buoy. Cool U.S. satellite loop.
There’s rain in the forecast for fire-ravaged California…nothing like the rain we had in Southern Michigan on Saturday, but welcome rain nonetheless. With the rain, there will be higher humidity. Also, winds have been lighter than forecast over the weekend. When I checked at 7 pm Sunday, all the weather stations in the area were reporting winds under 10 mph. The wind at the San Francisco Airport was only 3 mph, Napa reported a NE wind at 6 mph and Santa Rosa’s wind was S at 5 mph.
So far this year, there have been 51,126 wildfires in the U.S. – that’s below the 11-year average of 55,856 fires year-to-date. For all wildfires in California there are 275 crew fighting the fires – that’s 12,201 firefighters. They had 996 fire engines and 42 helicopters. With light winds and relatively cool temperatures, they have made significant progress on containing the fires. North Bay firefighters say they have “turned the corner”. “A week ago this started as a nightmare, and the day we dreamed of has arrived,” Napa County Supervisor Belia Ramos said. Some of the fires are now 50 percent or more contained. Sonoma County officials said they will not let people return home until it is safe and utilities are restored. Crews have been working around the clock to connect water and power, in some cases putting up new poles next to smoldering trees, the sheriff said. Evacuation orders were lifted for the city of Calistoga, the Napa Valley city of 5,000.
It’s been a wild day at Lake Michigan. This is a mid-aftn. pic. from the S. Haven Lighthouse. You can see some raindrops on the camera and big waves crashing over the breakwaters. The wind at the lighthouse at mid-aftn. was a steady 39.1 mph with a peak gust of 44.3 mph. Waves at the buoys: S. Haven 10.0 ft., Port Sheldon 10.2 ft., Ludington 11.2 ft. Lake Michigan water temps. were 59-62 and the last check at Reeds Lake in East G.R. was 63. The Wind Advisory goes until 8 pm. Most areas have seen their fastest wind gusts. The peak gust in G.R. today has been 36 mph and at Ionia 35 mph. There will still be a few light showers and sprinkles scattered about…most of them west of US 131. Dry weather is expected for pretty much the rest of the week and this cool shot (basically taking temps. back to average) will exit…above average temps. are expected for the middle and end of the week. I’m working the 6, 10 and late (after NFL football) news. Catch me if you can. I’ll write more on the blog this evening after the early news. Enjoy your Sunday!
We have a Wind Advisory in effect until 8 pm. The NWS warns: “Winds will become Northwest and increase to 30 to 40 mph overnight tonight with wind gusts up to 55 mph.” If winds get this strong, there will be spotty downed trees/limbs and power outages. There are Gale Warnings for Lake Michigan for winds up to 40 knots and waves to 8-12 ft. Stay off piers and breakwaters today.
The Flood Watch that has been in effect for the entire area has expired. A Flood Warning for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Allegan, Barry and Eaton Counties. There are Flood Advisories in effect for a number of rivers, including the Grand, Thornapple and Kalamazoo Rivers.
Also – 5.4″ Oshtemo, 5.25″ Hartford, 4.90″ Watervliet, Scottdale 4.72″, 4.51″ Benton Harbor, 4.5″ Lawrence, 4.32″ Dowagiac, 3.55″ S. Haven, 3.2″ Grand Junction and 3.15″ Jackson – and it’s still raining as I type this. Rain will diminish to scattered light showers and sprinkles this evening.
Here’s some concerns for this Sunday…the heavy rain may have caused road washouts. Don’t drive into water moving across the road. Water can also erode away the edge of a road and you can catch your tire. We have rapidly rising creeks and rivers…some will reach bankfull or above. Fortunately, river levels weren’t too high to begin with. With the gusty winds today, watch out for downed tree limbs. Limbs can bring down power lines. As I type this there are 2,472 Consumers Energy customers without power.
This is what Saturday looked like at the S. Haven Channel. Grand Rapids has had 4 consecutive overcast days. The last time that happened was in January, when we ended the month with 10 days in a row with 0% sunshine.
Regional and local radar maps should update automatically.
Also: Waves to 46 feet possible with Hurricane Ophelia (not really a hurricane, but a strong extratropical cyclone) as it moves toward Ireland and Great Britain. Tropical Storm Khanun heads toward S. China and Vietnam. Full Earth satellite loop. Helicopter view of firefighting. Kelvin-Helmholtz “wave clouds“. Puerto Rico before and after hurricane Maria. Thousands of aid workers in Puerto Rico – but a daunting task. Some electricity has been restored on the island. Fall color in W. Virginia. They spent 6 hours in a pool while the wildfire consumed their neighborhood. Five days in a row with no sunspots. California tree burning from the inside. Flooding in Vietnam. Therer was a small tornado near Aurora, Oregon.
Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s Storm Total Rainfall. You can check out the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Cool U.S. satellite loop. Here’s a link to ReportIt – where you can send us your pictures, video and storm reports.
The pic. is the Logan Pass parking lot in Glacier National Park on Oct. 4. While we’ve been enjoying warmer than average weather in the Great Lakes, it’s been cold and snowy in the Northern Rockies. Over the past 30 days, Havre, Montana has averaged 8 degrees colder than average. During that 30-day period, there were only 3 days that were warmer than average. So far this month, Havre has had only one morning with a low temperature warmer than the low 30s.
The weather was favorable Thursday night into Friday night, cool and relatively calm. As I type this at 1 am EDT Sat. AM…Santa Rosa has a calm wind and a cool 53 degrees and Napa’s wind is northeast at 5 mph and 52 degrees. Here’s current weather conditions in CA. The total number of personnel fighting the fires in N. California is 10,285. That represents 257 crews. They have 906 fire engines and 70 helicopters. There are Coast Guard and National Guard fighting the fires. As of 10 pm EDT, the Atlas Fire is 45% contained. Bicyclist escapes Santa Rosa wildfire carrying 70-pound dog on her back! (see pics. at the bottom of the link). Complete fire coverage from KRON. Pictures of the fires from space.