This Week in Weather 10/20/18-10/26/18

There was a lot of activity this week in weather, from historical typhoons and hurricanes to record rain and nor’easters. Get a glimpse of the biggest weather stories below!

  • Early in the week, Willa underwent explosive rapid intensification, going from a low-end tropical storm to Category 5 hurricane in 48 hours. It made landfall on Wednesday, October 24 as a Category 3 hurricane.
    • According to the National Hurricane Center, The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft that was en route to Willa around midday (on Monday, October 22) was struck by lightning in one of the outer rain bands and had to return to base due to safety issues regarding some of the onboard equipment.
  • Yutu: Another tropical cyclone with an exceptional amount/rate of intensification, hit the Northern Mariana Islands on Wednesday, October 24 as it was peaking in the upper echelon of global tropical cyclone strength.  
    • Satellite estimates of central pressure fell from 1002 to 898 millibars in 54 hours, and from ~977 to 898 mb in 24 hours.
  • Galveston, TX: Final total for Wednesday, October 24 is 4.90″. 9th wettest October day on record for the city!
  • Dallas, TX: With 2.21″ on Wednesday, October 24, they’ve picked up 14.51″ this  October. This breaks the previous record for wettest October which was 14.18″ set in 1981.
    • This also makes Dallas the wettest city in the US in October (so far!)
  • On the morning of Friday, October 26, 17 million people in the northeast were under high wind warnings or watches or wind advisories.

In the comments below, tell us what weather you experienced this week!