Hurricane Humberto Landfall

At 3:00am EDT, Humberto became the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. The landfall statement from the National Hurricane Center:

HURRICANE HUMBERTO TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092007
210 AM CDT THU SEP 13 2007

NOAA NWS DOPPLER RADAR AND AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT DATA
INDICATE THAT AT AROUND 200 AM CDT...0700 UTC...THE CENTER OF
HURRICANE HUMBERTO CROSSED THE TEXAS COAST JUST EAST OF HIGH ISLAND
WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 85 MPH...135 KM/HR.
FORECASTER MAINELLI

The storm is now moving inland and should weaken a bit, but rainfall of 5-10 inches, with isolated amounts of 15 inches will be possible along the path of the storm as it tracks east/northeast into Louisiana, Mississippi and western Alabama.

The threat of tornadoes and some serious flooding will continue to accompany the storm, but the news is not all bad. The drought stricken areas of the deep south may actually benefit from the tropical moisture. In Birmingham, AL, rainfall for the year is 18.6″ below normal. Jackson, MS is running 15.2″ below normal rainfall for the year. Nashville, TN has a 14.3″ rainfall deficit for 2007 and Atlanta, GA is right at 16″ below normal rainfall for the year.

Tom Tasselmyer

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