October 28, 2020
Notes from our weather station data:
- Wind increased into the high 20s mph at 8 PM until about 9:00 then jumping up to the high 30’s, to a highest of 45 mph, with a 55 mph gust a few minutes later, lasting until 10:20 PM. Wind speed then dropped into the 20’s and slowed down to about 10 mph within 3 hours.
- The wind came from all directions until the peak and then it consistently came out of the southwest.
- Total rain was 2.34″.
- Relative Pressure was 29.9 up to 11 AM in the morning then it began falling to 29.65 at 5:20 PM when it began to fall faster down to the low of around 29.42 from 7:50 to 9:20 PM. It then rose quickly to level off at 29.7 at 1:30 AM.
The fast track—note NHC speed reported at 31 mph— from Louisiana to Georgia overnight went from Slidell as a Category 2 with 105 mph winds—90 miles due west of us—to the south of Birmingham, where it was a TS, then on to Atlanta by 4 AM. That track took it northwest of the farm about 65-70 miles.
The NHC report below cites the max wind speed of 80 mph when NE of Hattiesburg. With the max wind speed at Slidel of 105 mph to Hattiesburg at 80 mph, and we are halfway between and east, the speed when closest to us was about 90 mph.
SUMMARY OF 1000 PM CDT…0300 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 45 MI…70 KM NE OF HATTIESBURG MISSISSIPPI
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…80 MPH…130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 40 DEGREES AT 31 MPH…50 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…979 MB…28.91 INCHES
From AP at 1:30 a.m.: The storm was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kmh). Zeta is moving quickly toward the northeast near 31 mph (49 kmh).