7-Day RainfallSeptember 3rd, 2013 at 1:38 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
click on the images to enlarge. The first image is rainfall over Michigan and Wisconsin over the past 7 days. Note the band of heavier rain from Duluth to Traverse City and down toward Detroit. The second image is rainfall over the Lower 48 states and Puerto Rico in the past week. Note that much of the country had rain and that there was significant rain in parts of the desert Southwest (AZ-UT). Tonopah Utah had 1.31″ of rain on Sunday. The average rainfall for the entire month of September in Tonopah is 0.38″. Rainfall for Grand Rapids is 32.32″ for 2013. That’s 7.33″ above average thru 9/2. The high of 73 on Monday made it the coolest day in G.R. since August 14th. Note on the national map…we had a high over Oklahoma (where is was dry) and you can see the “ring of fire” thunderstorms from N. Dakota to Lower Michigan to North Carolina down to Florida and back toward Arizona to the west.
Check out this lightning bolt shot out from a thunderstorm in Texas. It could have been partly cloudy where the lightning hit. Some good news. The RIM FIRE in California is now nearly 70% contained. They’ve made great progress in the last 48-hours. The fire has consumed 236,000 acres and consumed 111 structures. There are 4330 fire fighters on the scene (down 270 from yesterday), 255 engines and 14 helicopters. The cost of the fire is set at 72.3 million dollars. It’s the 4th biggest fire in California history (I don’t know how long “history” is).