The sun mercifully returned to Minnesota today. The Minnesota State Capitol basked in the afternoon sun in St. Paul.
Milder days ahead
Our weather week turns gradually milder. It looks like we’re not done with the 60s in the Twin Cities this fall. Thursday and Friday will be the mildest days this week.
There is a chance for a few rain showers Friday as another cool front sweeps south.
Michael’s incredible damage patterns
The before and after images in places like Mexico Beach in the eyewall track are astounding. This is what a 14-foot storm surge and 155 mph winds does to barrier islands.
Unimaginable devastation in #MexicoBeach. These are before and after images showing the incredible damage caused by #Hurricane #Michael. Our crews are LIVE in Florida with the latest on recovery efforts. #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/lkEg5Lhdy6
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 12, 2018
We’re used to seeing tornado scars on the landscape in the Midwest. I can’t recall seeing a hurricane scar before. But then again Michael is breaking new ground. The eyewall damage swath is visible from space. Amazing.
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) October 11, 2018
Strong hurricanes like Michael can literally change the geography of the coastline.
#Michael has taken and changed lives, left communities in ruins, and even altered the coastline itself. Some of the landmass of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, just offshore Port St. Joe, no longer exists. It takes powerful storm surge and waves to do this. pic.twitter.com/Q3f2BCmNSZ
— Dr. Rick Knabb (@DrRickKnabb) October 12, 2018
That old adage of “buy a few blocks inland and be patient” rings true.
Aerial view of catastrophic damage to Mexico Beach, Florida. The town took a direct hit by Hurricane #Michael on Wednesday. A devastating category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph. Nearly a category 5. pic.twitter.com/VaVBLmum0W
— Zach Covey (@ZachWPDE) October 11, 2018
Unusual wind patterns
Roll vortex and mini swirls?
What’s a roll vortex? What’s a mini swirl? And how could they have played a role in #Michael’s tornado-like wind damage?
All that and more, here:https://t.co/UQ7Gbz8fR1
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) October 15, 2018
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 15, 2018