Hurricane Earl takes aim at Lesser Antilles; 5-year anniversary of Katrina

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:35 PM GMT on August 29, 2010

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Hurricane warnings are flying for the islands in the northern Lesser Antilles, as they hunker down a prepare for the arrival of the 3rd hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Earl. Earl, a classic Cape Verdes-type Atlantic hurricane, is a potentially dangerous storm for the islands in its path, should its eyewall pass directly overhead. Earl could intensify significantly as it moves through the islands late tonight and on Monday. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft found a central pressure of 978 mb at 1:21 pm EDT. This is a significant drop of 7 mb in four hours. Top surface winds were 75 mph, and they noted an eyewall open to the northwest. The incomplete eyewall can also be seen on Martinique radar (figure 1.) Recent visible satellite imagery shows the storm has continues to increase in organization this afternoon. The amount and intensity of Earl's heavy thunderstorms is increasing, low-level spiral bands are steadily building, and upper level outflow is becoming more established in all quadrants except the north. This lack of development on Earl's north side is due to strong upper level northerly winds from the outflow of Hurricane Danielle to the north. These winds are creating about 15 knots of wind shear over Earl, according to the wind shear analysis from the University of Wisconsin CIMSS group. Water vapor satellite images show a large region of dry air from the Sahara lies to the northwest of Earl, but Earl is successfully walling off this dry air with a solid circular region of heavy thunderstorms.


Figure 1. Radar image of Earl taken at 3:45 pm EDT. Image credit: Meteo France.

Intensity forecast for Earl
As Hurricane Danielle pulls away from Earl this afternoon and this evening, shear should fall to the low range, 5 - 10 knots, as predicted by the latest SHIPS model forecast. This should allow Earl to build a complete eyewall by tonight. Once a complete eyewall is in place, Earl will likely undergo a bout of rapid intensification, which could bring it to Category 3 or 4 strength by Tuesday morning. The ocean temperatures are at near record warmth, 30°C, and very warm waters extend to great depth, resulting in a total ocean heat content highly favorable for rapid intensification. Earl should be able to maintain major hurricane status through Thursday, when it will make its closest approach to North Carolina. Sea surface temperatures are very warm, 29°C, along the U.S. East Coast, and wind shear is expected to remain low through Thursday.

Track forecast for Earl
Earl is being steered to the west by the same ridge of high pressure that steered Danielle. Earl is now approaching a weakness in the ridge left behind by the passage of Danielle and the trough of low pressure that pulled Danielle to the north. Earl should move more to the west-northwest today, likely bringing the core of the storm over or just to the northeast of the islands of Barbuda, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, and St. Maartin in the northernmost Lesser Antilles Islands tonight and Monday morning. NHC is giving its highest odds for hurricane-force winds to Barbuda and Saint Maarten--a 44% and 42% chance, respectively. These odds are 11% for St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and 4% for Puerto Rico.


Figure 2. Wundermap view of the Lesser Antilles showing the NHC 5am wind radius forecast for Earl. Tropical storm force winds (dark green colors) were predicted to affect much of the northern Lesser Antilles, with hurricane force winds (yellow colors) predicted to pass just to the north of the islands.

Once Earl passes the Lesser Antilles, steering currents favor a northwesterly course towards North Carolina. History suggests that a storm in Earl's current location has a 25% chance of making landfall on the U.S. East Coast, and Earl's chances of making a U.S. landfall are probably close to that. None of the computer models show Earl hitting the U.S., and the 12Z (8 am EDT) set of model runs have mostly pushed the storm farther from the U.S. East Coast. It is not unusual for the models to make substantial shifts in their 5-day forecasts, and it is still possible that Earl could make a direct hit on North Carolina as a major hurricane on Thursday or Friday. One should pay attention of the cone of uncertainty, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are in the 5-day cone. NHC is giving Cape Hatteras a 6% chance of receiving hurricane force winds. The main determinant of whether Earl hits the U.S. or not is a strong trough of low pressure predicted to move off the U.S. East Coast Friday. This trough, if it develops as predicted, should be strong enough to recurve Earl out to sea late in the week, with the storm just missing landfall in the U.S., but possibly making landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada. However, five day forecasts can be off considerably on the timing and intensity of such features, and it is quite possible that the trough could be delayed or weaker than expected, resulting in Earl's landfall along the U.S. East Coast. The most likely landfall locations would be North Carolina on Thursday or Friday, or Massachusetts on Friday or Saturday. The GFS and ECMWF models predict that Earl will come close enough to North Carolina on Thursday to bring the storm's outer rain bands over the Cape Hatteras region. The other models put Earl farther offshore, but it currently appears that Earl will not pass close enough to Bermuda to bring tropical storm force winds to that island. It is possible that if 97L develops into Hurricane Fiona and moves quickly across the Atlantic, the two storms could interact and rotate counterclockwise around a common center. Predicting these sorts of interactions is difficult, and the long-term track forecast for Earl will be difficult if a storm-storm interaction with Fiona occurs.

In any case, the U.S. East Coast can expect a long period of high waves from Earl beginning on Thursday. Significant beach erosion and dangerous rip current will be the rule, due to very high waves from Earl (Figure 3.)


Figure 3. Wave forecast for 8am Thursday, September 2, 2010, as produced by the 2am EDT August 29 run of NOAA's Wavewatch III model. The model is predicting waves of 4 - 5 meters (13 - 16 feet) in the offshore waters from Central Florida to Virginia.

Hurricane History for the northern Lesser Antilles
The last hurricane to pass through the northern Lesser Antilles Islands was Category 4 Hurricane Omar, on October 16, 2008. Omar's eyewall missed all of the islands, but the storm did $80 million in damage to the Caribbean, mainly on the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, the SSS Islands (Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. No direct deaths were attributed to Omar, and the name Omar was not retired from the 6-year rotating list of hurricane names.

Links to track Earl
Martinique radar
Wundermap of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands
Long range radar out of San Juan, Puerto Rico (current down for repair.)
Visible rapid scan satellite loop

97L
The tropical wave (Invest 97L) now midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles Islands has developed a well-defined surface circulation, and appears destined to develop into a tropical storm and follow the path of Danielle and Earl. Satellite loops show the surface circulation clearly, but also reveal that there is not enough heavy thunderstorm activity associated with 97L for it to be called a tropical depression. The storm is experiencing low wind shear of 5 - 10 knots, is over warm 28°C waters, and is battling a region of dry air associated with the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) to its northwest. The latest SHIPS model forecast calls for shear to stay in the low range, 5 - 10 knots, through Wednesday, and this should allow 97L to organize into a tropical depression today or Monday. The storm will follow a track very similar to Danielle and Earl westward towards the Lesser Antilles Islands, and the storm should arrive near the northern Lesser Antilles Wednesday or Thursday. A more northwesterly path is likely for 97L as it approaches the Lesser Antilles, as the storm follows a break in the high pressure ridge steering it, created by Danielle and Earl. It currently appears that the Northern Lesser Antilles Islands may be at risk of at close brush or direct hit by 97L. If 97L moves relatively quickly, arriving at the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday, it is likely to be a weaker system, since it will have less time over water, and will be closer to big brother Earl. Earl is likely to be a large and powerful hurricane at that time, and the clockwise upper level outflow from Earl will bring strong upper-level northerly winds to the Lesser Antilles, creating high wind shear for 97L. However, if 97L moves relatively slowly, and arrives in the Lesser Antilles on Thursday, Earl will be farther away, the wind shear will be lessened, and 97L will have had enough time over water to potentially be a hurricane. Depending upon how fast they have 97L moving, the computer models have a wide variety of solutions for 97L, ranging from a making it a Category 1 hurricane five days from now (GFDL model) to a weak tropical storm five days from now (several models.) History suggests that a storm in 97L's current location has a 25% chance of making landfall on the U.S. East Coast. NHC is giving 97L a 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression by Tuesday.


Figure 4. Morning satellite image of 97L.

Danielle
Hurricane Danielle blew past Bermuda late Saturday night, bringing one rain squall to the island that brought top winds of 26 mph, gusting to 39 mph. Danielle is now on its way out to sea, and will not trouble any more land areas. High surf will continue to affect Bermuda and the east coast of the U.S. and Canada's Maritime Provinces today. The latest near shore water forecast for Cape Hatteras calls for 6 - 8 foot waves today. These waves will gradually subside during the week, then ramp up to 6 - 8 feet again on Thursday, as Hurricane Earl's wave field begins to pound the U.S. East Coast.

Elsewhere in the Tropics
Tropical Storm Kompasu is headed for China, and is predicted to intensify into a Category 2 typhoon by Wednesday and potentially threaten China's largest city, Shanghai. Over 16 million people live in the city, many of them in low-lying areas, and the Chinese will need to take this storm very seriously. In the South China Sea, the fearsome sounding Tropical Storm Lionrock is forecast to hit the Chinese coast near Hong Kong on Tuesday, but is not predicted to develop into a typhoon.

Katrina, five years later
It hardly seems possible that five years have elapsed since that cruel day in 2005 when the world changed forever for so many people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Recovery from the great hurricane is nowhere near complete--the destruction wrought by Katrina still scars the land terribly, and the proud people of the Gulf Coast still suffer tremendously in the aftermath of the disaster. The scale and intensity of the destruction the hurricane brought is truly breathtaking, and can best be appreciated by viewing two of the best chronicles of Katrina's record storm surge--Margie Kieper's remarkable city-by-city aerial tour of the destruction, and extreme weather photographer Mike Thiess' 13-minute video of his storm surge experience in Gulfport, Mississippi. Katrina did do some good, though--it taught us that our nation can unite in the face of an overwhelming challenge to help our fellow citizens in need, and taught us not to be complacent about living in the realm where great hurricanes come.


Figure 5. A man wearing a tiny life jacket and clutching a neon green noodle and a pet dog floats on the remains of a house in Waveland, MS, during Hurricane Katrina. The photo was taken from the second floor window of a home, and the water is close to the roof line of the first floor. The home was at an elevation of about 17 feet, and the surge is close to ten feet deep here. There are electric lines running down from a pole to a home from left to right. In the distance on the right is a home with water up to the roof line. The eye is probably overhead, as the water is relatively calm and there appears to be little wind or rain, even though the pine trees are bent from the recent force of the eyewall winds. The photo was taken by Judith Bradford. Her husband, Bill Bradford, swam out and rescued the man and his dog, and two other people who floated by. He reported that the water was nothing like white water, but was a gentle, continuous flow. He was lucky. In the nearby Porteaux Bay area, a woman watched her fiance get pulled from a tree by the force of the current. The man was washed out into the Gulf and drowned. The image above is described in more detail in Part 9 of Margie Kieper's Katrina storm surge web page.

I'll share with you my personal story of blogging about Katrina. I starting writing blogs during the spring of 2005. For the first few months of this effort, it was a slow time for interesting weather events, and I had trouble finding things to write about. I was relieved when June of 2005 brought me two Atlantic tropical storms to discuss. But as July wore on, and the bombardment of the great Hurricane Season of 2005 began--a record five named storms, three hurricanes, and two major hurricanes, Dennis and Emily, both the strongest hurricanes ever recorded so early in the season--I was ready for less to write about! History was in the making, and the peak part of hurricane season was still a month away. I managed to take advantage of a slight break in the action in mid-August to travel for vacation and business, and the day Katrina was named found me in New York City. I was attending meetings with the Associated Press, who had just signed up to use Weather Underground as the weather provider for their 5000 newspapers. I wasn't able to follow the storm very closely that day, due to the all the meetings. Still, I had a very uneasy feeling about this storm. When one of the AP staff members made the remark, "It sure has been a slow summer for news. We need a big story!" I looked at her hard and thought, "Be careful what you wish for--you might get it!"

I flew home that Thursday afternoon, then made the decision Friday to drive up north with my family and spend a 4-day weekend at my father's house. The Hurricane Season of 2005 had kept me so busy that I hadn't made it up north to see him that summer, and this was my last chance. High speed Internet was not available in his small town of Topinabee on beautiful Mullet Lake, so I knew I'd be spending some slow hours blogging on his dial-up connection. Still, I figured Katrina would quickly recurve to the north and hit the Florida Panhandle before it had a chance to become a major hurricane. It wasn't like this storm would be worst disaster in American history or anything! Wrong. I spent virtually the entire weekend holed upstairs in the computer room, writing increasingly worried and strident blogs, exhorting people in New Orleans and Mississippi to evacuate. Every now and then, I'd emerge downstairs and say hi to everyone, then head back up to my cell to watch really slowly loading pages and write new blogs. Finally, I couldn't take it any more, and talked my family into returning home a day early. My wife couldn't fully understand why I was so agitated--wasn't this just another hurricane like Frances, Jeanne, Charlie, Dennis, or Emily? But, she agreed that we'd better go home that Sunday night before Katrina hit, since I was such a basket case. The next day, when Katrina hit and the full magnitude of the greatest disaster in American history unfolded, she understood. Indeed, three weeks later my wife headed down to the Louisiana disaster zone as a Red Cross volunteer, and she REALLY got an appreciation of why I had been so agitated in the days before Katrina hit.

It is difficult for me to read my Katrina blog posts again, as I relive those days and remember the terrible suffering this storm brought to so many. Let us not forget the people affected by Katrina, and the lessons the great storm taught. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Katrina's survivors on this fifth anniversary of the storm.

Next update
I may be able to post a quick update on Earl late this afternoon or early this evening.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting JadeInAntigua:


Hi tbrett. Long time no see. Stay safe over there.


Hi Jade..You stay safe too!!!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
We here in D.c don't evacuate for hurricanes.


Still not good... I imagine the Chesapeake floods...
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Quoting Dropsonde:
I will repeat myself... having lived in NE before, I can assure you that they don't "do" hurricane preparation in the same way that Florida and the Gulf Coast do. A Cat 3 for us might well be a routine event by now, but it isn't up there. There is also a certain storm from the 1930s that inevitably comes to mind whenever a track like that is shown. None of these friends have been through a major, while I have. They don't know how wretched an experience it can be. Even if it goes to NE and evacuations aren't called anywhere, it's a miserable situation to be in, especially the aftermath.


A cat 3 routine? What planet are you on?
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07L/H/E/C1
MARK
16.83N/58.61W
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381. JRRP
Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
An eye is beginning to clear out.


if that is the eye then Earl is below 17 i think

16.9n
58.4w
but JMO
no me hagan caso jejeje
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I thought I told people even before Earl formed that he will be trouble,insted people were laughing.Now who has the last laugh.


none of this is a laughing matter
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Quoting katrinakat5:
puerto rico will issue hurricane warnings as soon as the emergency meeting is finished...puerto rico is in the line of fire and will get winds near 100mph as it passes over the island...very dangerous situation shaping up for them...
I agree. I just dont see how earl is gonna pull off in time. I cant get an explanation from any one why he will pull north that fast. I was hoping someone here could show me what im missing!
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Pressure is 981mb in the vortex; winds remain at 62kt.

So, the pressure of Earl dropped 4mb within a 90 minute span.

000
URNT12 KNHC 291557
VORTEX DATA MESSAGE AL072010
A. 29/15:40:10Z
B. 17 deg 15 min N
058 deg 26 min W
C. 850 mb 1278 m
D. 63 kt
E. 059 deg 28 nm
F. 138 deg 79 kt
G. 059 deg 52 nm
H. 981 mb
I. 18 C / 1523 m
J. 22 C / 1520 m
K. 18 C / NA
L. RAGGED WALL
M. C16
N. 12345 / 8
O. 0.02 / 1 nm
P. AF306 0207A EARL OB 15
MAX FL WIND 79 KT NE QUAD 15:24:00Z
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Quoting tbrett:


Where is the center at this time? I am in Montserrat which is 26 miles sw of Antigua. I keep reading that it is going slightly south of due west. Is this correct? So would this mean that the forecast points are going to be off?


Hi tbrett. Long time no see. Stay safe over there.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I thought I told people even before Earl formed that he will be trouble,insted people were laughing.Now who has the last laugh.


That's a way to get yourself laughed at even more.
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Quoting MrstormX:


Yep big cities don't always evacuate, look what happened to New Orleans... and New Yorkers (for example) are 200% more complacent then Gulf Coasters, and the worst part of it is there city is also at an extremely low elevation.
We here in D.c don't evacuate for hurricanes.
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Earl starting to move WNW.
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12z GFS is slightly east of 6z through 60.
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Vortex 17°15'N 58°26'W
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
Any wobbles, from the centerline, as a cane nears a populated area makes all the difference between two points of several hundred miles at times.....Why everyone in the cone needs to be prepared and pay close attention as the storm approaches.
The people from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte learned that the hard way....
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Quoting breald:


The big cities won't evacuate. I don't even thing the Cap and Islands do. At least I don't recall them doing so in the past.


Yep big cities don't always evacuate, look what happened to New Orleans... and New Yorkers (for example) are 200% more complacent then Gulf Coasters, and the worst part of it is their city is also at an extremely low elevation.
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I am assuming Earl is NOT a threat to Florida, correct? The variables are in place to prevent such a track? I just don't want to be the one caught off guard at the last moment because nothing was expected and then it comes at us.
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Never mind, it appears it took a wobble towards the WNW, however, it is still 30 miles or so south of where the NHC had it at 11a.m EDT.

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366. dader
Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
No that is the eye, the NHC had the circulation a bit too north in their advisory.


Gotcha- thanks
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thgis is during Hurricane Katrina downtown Mobile 5 years ago...

I hope it works....

Taco :o)
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I thought I told people even before Earl formed that he will be trouble,insted people were laughing.Now who has the last laugh.
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New England gets its share of n'easters..by the time anything like an Danielle or Earl gets there, they'll barely notice
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Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Pressure down to 982.1mb, still heading a bit south of due west.

153930 1716N 05825W 8433 01345 9821 217 184 160013 015 031 002 03


Where is the center at this time? I am in Montserrat which is 26 miles sw of Antigua. I keep reading that it is going slightly south of due west. Is this correct? So would this mean that the forecast points are going to be off?
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Quoting fldude99:


Evacuate DC &/or Boston?! Lol..be real
I will repeat myself... having lived in NE before, I can assure you that they don't "do" hurricane preparation in the same way that Florida and the Gulf Coast do. A Cat 3 for us might well be a routine event by now, but it isn't up there. There is also a certain storm from the 1930s that inevitably comes to mind whenever a track like that is shown. None of these friends have been through a major, while I have. They don't know how wretched an experience it can be. Even if it goes to NE and evacuations aren't called anywhere, it's a miserable situation to be in, especially the aftermath.
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359. 7544
hes getting stronger now for pr still going west
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Quoting fldude99:


Evacuate DC &/or Boston?! Lol..be real


The big cities won't evacuate. I don't even thing the Cap and Islands do. At least I don't recall them doing so in the past.
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Quoting weatherwart:


It's "fujiwhara."

"Fujiwawa" is the Barbara Walters' pronunciation. lol

But, I can't answer your question because I just don't know. Perhaps someone with more knowledge would like to.


Masters wrote about it in his blog, I believe.
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Quoting dader:


So thats 982 and still three degrees or so from the eyewall?


The lowest pressures are in the eye, not the eyewall. That's probably Earl's min pressure at the moment, but it's still a rapid drop.
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Puerto rico isn't in the cone, and its looking probable that the storm may hit puerto rico directly
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Quoting Gorty:
Does anyone know how bad if the fujiwawa (yeah I cant spell it) will be? Could they merge into one super hurricane? Or kill each other?


It's "fujiwhara."

"Fujiwawa" is the Barbara Walters' pronunciation. lol

But, I can't answer your question because I just don't know. Perhaps someone with more knowledge would like to.
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Quoting dader:


So thats 982 and still three degrees or so from the eyewall?
No that is the eye, the NHC had the circulation a bit too north in their advisory.
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Quoting DTwxrisk:



Nope.
Just forecasting.
which is what I have been doing professionally since 1989


So was Bill Kamal!
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Orca, check mail Information on the NASA Grip Missions.
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An eye is beginning to clear out.

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Check out the latest visible sat image the area around the CoC looks explosive, eyewall finally popping?
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The revenge of Earl?

Earl 2004:


Earl 2010:
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344. dader
Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Pressure down to 982.1mb, still heading a bit south of due west.

153930 1716N 05825W 8433 01345 9821 217 184 160013 015 031 002 03


So thats 982 and still three degrees or so from the eyewall?
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343. bwi
Quoting jeans:
Dr. Masters, I remember your blog entries about Katrina and how you exhorted people in New Orleans to evacuate a day or so before the official (much too late) evacuation order came. I've been a believer in weatherunderground since and have been happy to recommend this site to fellow Floridians.


I agree -- been a follower of this blog ever since. Take at look at this post from Dr. Masters' blog from before Katrina landfall:

Katrina has continued to expand in size, and now rivals Hurricane Gilbert and Hurricane Allen as the largest hurricanes in size. When hurricanes reach such enormous sizes, they tend to create their own upper-air environment, making them highly resistant to external wind shear. The global computer models are not really hinting at any wind shear that might affect Katrina before landfall, and the only thing that might weaken her is an eyewall replacement cycle. Even if one of these happens in the next 12 hours, the weakest Katrina is likely to get before landfall is a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds. Katrina is so huge and powerful that she will still do incredible damage even at this level. The track forecast has not changed significantly, and the area from New Orleans to the Mississippi-Louisiana border is going to get a catastrophic blow. I put the odds of New Orleans getting its levees breached and the city submerged at about 70%. This scenario, which has been discussed extensively in literature I have read, could result in a death toll in the thousands, since many people will be unable or unwilling to get out of the city. I recommend that if you are trapped in New Orleans tomorrow, that you wear a life jacket and a helmet if you have them. High rise buildings may offer good refuge, but Katrina has the potential to knock down a high-rise building. A 25 foot storm surge and 30 - 40 foot high battering waves on top of that may be able to bring down a steel-reinforced high rise building. I don't believe a high rise building taller than six stories has ever been brought down by a hurricane, so this may not happen Monday, either. We are definitely in unknown waters with Katrina.
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342. Gorty
Ok, I looked at the latest Microwave imagrey and latest IR satallite imagrey and came to the conlusion that he is moving WNW now.

And by looking at the IR, he is getting big.
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Quoting Dropsonde:
I have several friends in Boston and in Washington DC and I wonder if I should tell them to start making preliminary plans to get out. Washington would get some kind of impact if Earl takes the NC route, but I am far more concerned about the possibility of a Category 3 hitting NE. It's bad enough on the Gulf Coast, but they don't get them frequently like we do.


Evacuate DC &/or Boston?! Lol..be real
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Looks like I'm in the cone here in eastern PA. First time since Hanna 2008, which brought some heavy rain and an F1 tornado to my city.
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15:39:30Z 17.267N 58.417W 843.3 mb
(~ 24.90 inHg) 1,345 meters
(~ 4,413 feet) 982.1 mb
(~ 29.00 inHg) - From 160° at 13 knots
(From the SSE at ~ 14.9 mph) 21.7°C
(~ 71.1°F) 18.4°C
(~ 65.1°F) 15 knots
(~ 17.2 mph) 31 knots*
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Quoting Funkadelic:


Miami, does this further south and west movement by Earl affect the path Pre-Fiona in any way?
Not at the present time, no.
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Time: 15:40:00Z
Coordinates: 17.25N 58.4333W
Acft. Static Air Press: 842.1 mb (~ 24.87 inHg)
Acft. Geopotential Hgt: 1,356 meters (~ 4,449 feet)
Extrap. Sfc. Press: 982.3 mb (~ 29.01 inHg)
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Quoting seflagamma:
Now back to Earl, sorry for the disruption...


So Earl is still plowing West and no northwest motion yet?

Going to be a long night for the Islands.


The current heading appears to be 280 degrees, so a tad north of due west but per the latest info on Recon Earl's wobbling slightly to the SW.
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