Want to live to see great grandchildren? Eat your vegetables - and don't push the weather. One of the meteorologists I work with was just traumatized by lightning up in the Boundary Waters. "There was nowhere to go" she said.
Trying to stay safe while camping in a thunderstorm is challenging. High winds can topple trees onto tents, and shy of retreating to your vehicle, there often isn't a good place to ride out severe lightning. A central restroom facility offers some degree of protection.
Remember to wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before resuming outdoor activities on a lake or beach. You may not get a cell signal to check your favorite radar app in the North Woods, but always have an escape route, a viable Plan B.
Yesterday's storms are long gone; a northwest breeze pumps comfortable, Canadian air into Minnesota today as dew points dip into the 50s under blue sky. More T-storms return over the weekend; a few may be severe.
It's still unclear whether Tropical Storm Chantal will impact the Southeast early next week; updates on the blog below.
A warmer atmosphere means more water vapor to fuel storms. Toronto picked up 2 month's worth of rain late Monday.
- Most in one minute: 38 mm (1.5 in); Barot, Guadeloupe, 26 November 1970.
- Most in one hour: 305 mm (12.0 in) in 42 minutes. Holt, Missouri, United States, 22 June 1947.
- Most in 12 hours: 1,144 mm (45.0 in); Foc-Foc, Réunion, 8 January 1966, during tropical cyclone Denise.
- Most in 24 hours: 1,825 mm (71.9 in); Foc-Foc, Réunion, 7–8 January 1966, during tropical cyclone Denise.
- Most in 48 hours: 2,467 mm (97.1 in); Aurère, Réunion, 8–10 January 1958.
- Most in 72 hours: 3,929 mm (154.7 in); Commerson, Réunion, 24–26 February 2007.
- Most in 96 hours: 4,869 mm (191.7 in); Commerson, Réunion, 24–27 February 2007.
- Most in one year: 26,470 mm (1,042 in); Cherrapunji, India, 1860–1861.
- Highest average annual total: 11,872 mm (467.4 in); Mawsynram, India.
* The storm continues to strengthen slowly; maximum sustained winds are now 65 mph with higher gusts.
* Chantal is forecast to track just south of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, hitting Haiti and The Dominican Republic as a strong tropical storm within 36 hours.
* Some computer models strengthen Chantal to a Category 1 hurricane over the Bahamas by late week.
* It's early, but the most likely track is into the Carolina coast by Sunday or Monday.
Summary: Chantal is becoming better organized, presently a strong tropical storm packing 60-65 mph. winds, heading for Haiti and The Dominican Republic by late tomorrow. Some weakening is likely as the storm interacts with mountainous terrain of Hispaniola, but many of the models now show strengthening by late week, possibly to hurricane status as Chantal reaches The Bahamas by Friday and early Saturday. From there the track and intensity prediction is very tenuous, but there's still a better than 50-50 chance that Chantal will impact the Southeast USA coastline by Sunday or Monday, either as a tropical storm or hurricane. Every tropical system is different, unique - and Chantal is not giving any obvious cues about track or intensity once it reaches the Bahamas within 72-96 hours. We'll keep an eye on the storm and keep you posted.
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