Hurricane Michael - October 6-12, 2018
An area of disturbed weather across the western Caribbean sea developed,
absorbing the remains of Kirk during the first couple
days of October. The broad area of low pressure moved out of Central
America into the northwest Caribbean sea by the 6th.
Despite westerly vertical wind shear, the system organized into a tropical
depression early on the 7th south of Cozumel.
Moving north-northeast, the depression strengthened into a tropical storm
on the morning of the 7th and a hurricane by
the morning of the 8th. The hurricane intensified while moving west of
Cuba, before plateauing as it moved into the
southeast Gulf of Mexico. On the morning of the 9th the upper level
environment improved, with rapid intensification
resuming while heading north-northwest. Michael turned to the north on
the 10th before turning northeast just prior to
landfall in the Florida panhandle. The hurricane became the strongest
on record for the Florida panhandle with maximum
sustained winds of 160 mph. The hurricane weakened while moving into
Georgia and South Carolina. While moving across
North Carolina, Michael became extratropical which enhanced winds east
of the Blue Ridge as well as rainfall across
Virginia. The storm moved into the Atlantic, rapidly crossing the ocean
between the 12th and 14th before weakening
near western Europe on the 15th.
The first three graphics below show the storm total rainfall for Michael, which used
rain gage information from the National Weather
Service River Forecast Centers, Forecast Offices, and CoCoRAHS. The fourth graphic
uses the offical National Weather Service multi-
sensor rainfall estimates which include radar-derived information.