This morning when I got in I searched the Milwaukee flooding after reading peoples tweets. I can not believe that they received 7 inches in 2 hours! Here is a map that the Milwaukee NWS office put up on totals around the Madison and Milwaukee area:
Madison broke their record receiving 3.61″.
Mitchell airport received 5.61″ crashing the previous record of 1.26″ . The greatest one day precip record is 6.81″ set on August 6th 1986 so they didn’t break that but they came in second! Just think about that…. yesterday they saw the second greatest one day precip ever recorded!
The 5.50″+ at the airport was enough to shutdown the airport, right now they have not yet released when it may reopen although people think it should be sometime late tomorrow. I can only imagine how many people are going to be affected by the cancelled flights.
For a complete list of totals you can click here.
In our area the highest was 1.98″ in Stevens Point.
Also check out the picture of the sinkhole Brian posted. Unbelievable!
While we are dealing with flooding, Florida and the Gulf Coast are dealing with Bonnie. Our second named storm is making a direct path towards the Gulf oil spill. It will make two landfalls on the US, the first tonight on the southern Florida Peninsula and the second likely on Sunday somewhere along the Louisiana coast. The path of this storm is very usual for this time of year. This is only the 5th storm to track into the Gulf this early in the season in the last century.
Bonnie is already causing power outages near Miami. Right now it is 80 miles Southeast of Miami. It is moving WNW at 18 mph, so fairly fast moving. Squalls from the storm are already pushing into the southern part of the sunshine state.
This is a neat hurricane trackerthat you can zoom in on and see the path and places affected. You can turn on the radar over the track and see the “spaghetti” tracks ( what different models are indicating for the track). Last night I mentioned to my mom how soggy it was yesterday. I said it rained all day. She then replied, “Do you know what we are going to deal with all weekend?” Good thing I was there last weekend and not this one!
Although this storm is going to impact the US twice and the oil spill the good news is that it shouldn’t increase to more than a tropical storm.
I think the oil spill impact has been the biggest news with this storm. Here is a nice site breaking it all down with videos you can look at. They have had to declare a full evacuation of the Oil Spill site and move the boats according the their ability to handle the storm. But the evacuation could mean 10 to 12 days of lost time at the site. Bonnie could possibly push the oil that has already spilt into the fragile marshlands of Louisiana. To take precaution Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, has declared a state of emergency.
Have a nice Friday! Meteorologist Kristen Connolly
Posted under Flooding, Hurricanes, Severe Weather, Tropics, Weather History, Weather NEws
This post was written by kconnolly on July 23, 2010