Weather Blog: Sally Makes Landfall, Flooding and Fires

Posted at 8:30 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 13:59:07-04

Good Wednesday bloggers,

Sally is moving farther inland and will accelerate the next 2 days which is good news. We are getting a minor affect from Sally today and we continue to track western wildfire smoke.

The details on these issues and our next chance of rain are in the video below.

Hurricane Sally made landfall at 4:45 AM at Gulf Shores, AL. It is still moving slowly, so flooding is the main issue as rainfall rates are 2"-3" per hour. During the last 24 hours 10"-20" of rain has occurred from east of Mobile, AL to Panama City, FL. This is on top of 3"-6" of rain during the previous 24 hours.

Very heavy rain is still occurring over those locations as of early Wednesday.

Now that Sally is on land, it will weaken pretty quickly, but the flooding rain will continue.

The good news is that during the next 24 hours Sally will accelerate through the southeast USA, so rainfall amounts in its path will be a more tolerable 4"-8" across Alabama and Georgia.

I wish we could take some of the rain from Sally and distribute it on the west coast. Friday through Sunday will see some rain for Oregon and Washington. This is better than nothing.

We are starting to see our minor affect from Sally. This is a surface set up from 8 AM Wednesday. There are north winds behind and ahead of an approaching cold front as the circulation of Sally merges with the front. The cooler air is being pulled farther south by Sally than it would have traveled without Sally. So, we will benefit as highs Thursday and Friday will be 70-75 with lows 50-55. There is no rain with this front and we are not expecting rain for at least 7-10 days.

Have a great rest of your week and stay healthy.