The main event for the U.S. today is hurricane Lane which continues to approach Hawaii. There are already reports of over 30 inches of rain in the islands.
From the NWS in Honolulu: Catastrophic flooding continues on the Big Island today as dangerous Hurricane Lane creeps northward a couple of hundred miles south of Honolulu. This threat along with damaging winds is expected to expand westward over the smaller islands later tonight through Saturday as Lane approaches and moves into the area. This will be a long-duration event with the potential for heavy rainfall continuing Sunday into early next week as Lane begins to track westward and away from the state. Additionally, coastal impacts associated with large surf and water levels rising due to surge could lead to inundation and overwash onto low-level coastal areas through Saturday.
- Hurricane Lane will make its closest approach to Maui and Oahu tonight into early Saturday.
- Hurricane warnings are posted for Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu. A hurricane watch is in effect for Kauai County.
- Parts of the Big Island have already picked up over 30 inches of rain.
- Additional heavy rain could trigger disastrous flooding, landslides in parts of the islands.
- Whether Lane’s strongest winds affect parts of the islands through Saturday remains uncertain.
- Regardless, dangerous flash flooding, mudslides, battering waves and coastal flooding are likely.
Below is the Radarscope radar at 08:30
Early winter forecasts are starting the come out from the major forecasters – they are saying a warmer wetter winter for the great lakes region – not sure I am ready to buy into that one yet. One it is to early to be making winter forecasts and two we are unsure the strength of the coming El Nino.
We will continue to see comfortable temps today and tomorrow before the heat and humidity build back in for Sunday into early next week. There will be chances of rain every day. The Chicago and Milwaukee radars are showing a large area of rain heading our way this morning but the leading edge is weakening as it moves into the relatively dryer air in place over Michigan.
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