It looks like we will set a new record for rainfall today in Wausau. The old record is 1.30 inches, set in 1899. As of earlier this morning we had already received a bit over an inch. With the rain last night and today, October will end up being the wettest month of the year with over 4 inches of precipitation. Previously, the wettest month was June with 3.94 inches. Many people have been commenting that this rain would have served us better back in July. That is definitely correct, but we got to take what we can get, whenever it falls, this year.
The storms also produce some high wind, hail, and heavy downpours at times, prompting some severe storm warnings during the mid-morning hours. There was one report of some power lines and a barn being blown down in the Colby area. It is a very strong cold front which generated the heavy rain and the severe weather and we will really feel the difference after the front moves through. After high temps in the 60 during the morning, temps will fall into the 40s by late afternoon. High temps will then be stuck in the low to mid 40s from Friday all the way through the middle of next week. Low temps will be in the 20s. It will be some chilly Fall weather. It will be colder, but the weather should be dry with some sunshine on most days.
The bigger weather story developing in the country that you will hear a lot about over the next few days is hurricane Sandy. It is moving northward and might merge with the strong front moving through our area. Once these two weather systems merge of at least interact with each other along the east coast, a bigger storm could develop. This could mean some high wind, high surf, and heavy rain for parts of the mid-Atlantic region all the way up to New England.
In random bits of space news. It looks like Virgin Galactic will be delayed once again before offering sub-orbital flights. It now looks like it will be 2014 before they will have paying customers in the sky. They were originally supposed to be launching earlier this year. No word on what the hold-up is. They had better watch out. Technology might pass them by. Pretty soon we might have orbital (a true trip to space) rides for the same price.
One other sub-orbital hopeful, XCOR, showed off their space plane recently. It looks cool. It would be even cooler if it does not get delayed as much as Virgin Galactic.
Have a swell Thursday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.