Isaac approaching hurricane strength

By: Angela Fritz , 9:14 PM GMT on August 27, 2012

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Isaac is walking the line of hurricane status this afternoon after a hurricane hunter mission investigated the storm and found winds of 80+ mph with the SFMR instrument, which looks down at the surface from the plane and estimates what wind speeds are. This instrument has a notoriously rough time in doing so when there's heavy rain, and since the strongest winds were recorded coinciding with the strongest rain, you can imagine that this region of high wind speed could be suspect. The hurricane hunter mission is still in the storm, so I imagine they will issue a special update if needed. Currently the best estimate of wind speed within the storm is 70 mph. Isaac's pressure has been dropping today as well and is now 981 mb. Isaac is moving northwest at 12 mph--no change since this morning. Satellite loops show that Isaac remains large, though asymmetric, with most of the strong thunderstorm activity on the west and southwest side. Isaac's southeast side continues to struggle with dry air and wind shear, which could help to moderate Isaac's intensity as it approaches the coast.

An oil platform in the northern Gulf of Mexico is reporting sustained winds from the north-northeast at 40 mph this afternoon. A buoy west of Tampa, Florida is recording sustained winds around 30 mph, and platforms south of Louisiana are recording winds from 35-40 mph. The widespread heavy rain of yesterday has lightened up in Florida, but a strong line of thunderstorms in one of Isaac's outer bands is training northward along and offshore of the east coast of Florida, affecting everyone from Miami to Jacksonville.

This afternoon the AP reported that Isaac's death toll in Haiti jumped to 19, which puts Isaac's total death count at 21. It appears most of the deaths in Haiti were due to collapsing structures.


Figure 1. Satellite imagery of Tropical Storm Isaac around 3pm EDT on Monday.

Track forecast:
Models seem to be coming into better agreement today on where Isaac will make landfall, closing in on Louisiana and New Orleans as most likely landfall point. The ECMWF, HWRF, and UKMET all suggest New Orleans as the landfall location. The GFS is only slightly west of that. The GFDL is the farthest west, predicting landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border. Landfall timing remains Tuesday night. Beyond landfall, Isaac is expected to move north toward the Midwest through the rest of this week, however, models are showing that the system will likely slow down around landfall time, prolonging impacts like surge and inland flooding.

Intensity forecast:
The closer Isaac gets to landfall without having formed an eye, the better it is for intensity at landfall. Isaac has strengthened only modestly in the past 24 hours, and is still struggling with a less-than-conducive atmospheric environment. The HWRF remains on the high end of the intensity spectrum, suggesting Isaac will be a weak category 2 upon landfall. Other models suggest it will be a strong category 1, but the difference is splitting hairs. The National Hurricane Center's official forecast is for Isaac to continue strengthening over the next day, reaching category 2 at landfall.


Figure 2. Tide gauge data from St. Petersburg, Florida. The green line shows the storm surge. As Isaac's counterclockwise winds blew offshore this morning, water levels feel two feet at St. Petersburg. The winds switched to onshore this afternoon as the center of Isaac moved more to the northwest, bringing a storm surge of two feet to the city.

Storm surge observations from Isaac
This morning, as Isaac's counter-clockwise winds brought offshore winds to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, ocean waters fell two feet along the coast. This afternoon, winds have shifted to blow onshore, and a two foot storm surge has been observed at Naples, Fort Meyers, and St. Petersburg on the west coast of Florida. Water levels have also begun to rise along the coast of Louisiana, with a storm surge of 1.5 feet already occurring at Shell Beach on the east side of New Orleans in Lake Borgne.

Angela and Jeff

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3754. HimacaneBrees
7:56 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Starting to get purty windy here n sprinklin rain
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3753. FunhouseFX
7:04 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
I don't particularly care whether they official call this a hurricane or not. Nor do I expect this insignificant distinction to alter people's behavior or their impression about the experts who hyped this storm. Ultimately, the truth that cannot be deflected is this:

The people who ignored the hysterical warnings were CORRECT.

And this, in my opinion, is a problem.


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3752. syn627
6:50 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Jstn568:
Link

Awesome wind map for the U.S.!
It is awesome, thanks for the link.
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3751. WeatherfanPR
4:53 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
People:

Ohh it's just a Tropical Storm with 70 mph winds, lets go to the beach to see the waves and feel the wind !!!

then

Ohh it's a Hurricane with 75 mph, lets go home to be safe !!!

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3750. CaneHunter031472
4:34 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting leftlink:
Water vapor images from GEOS-14 shows that dry air began disrupting the core again around 10:30am est, giving the NHS good reason not to upgrade to a hurricane.

LINK

However the storm's northward jog has caused a large increase in wind speed the buoy on the southern tip of the mississippi delta:

LINK



Nothward jog? at this point a jog can make a huge difference when it come to landfall. You think it will hit where the NHC says it will?
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3749. Abacosurf
4:31 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
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3748. syn627
4:23 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting JasonRE: Well I guess this storm isn't as serious as I've been reading about. Our company in Lafayette has us open tomorrow for business. Am I losing my mind? I've been tracking this thing since it began and now I'm going to have to sit through this at work? It sure as hell doesn't seem to bother the owner enough.%uFFFD
Quoting CybrTeddy:

Your workplace will *probably* be cancelled tomorrow AM, they usually make that decision come early once they really know where it is going as Isaac will be approaching landfall. I doubt they're going to make you drive to work in TS force winds. My transmitter in my car blew out during TS Debby at that was only in 40mph sustained.
They may change their mind as the day wears on (hopefully). I'm in Lafayette as well and had 2 separate Dr. appts scheduled tomorrow ... both just called within the past 30 minutes to let me know they were cancelled.

It's getting rather breezy here already (feels good) and surprisingly enough we've already had a hibiscus tree in a large, heavy pot blow over and that was in a small, fenced-in backyard.

I didn't anticipate the wind being too terribly gusty here since the current projected path is northeast of us so I hadn't planned to relocate potted plants, outdoor decorations, lawn furniture, etc. but after that big pot blew over ... I changed my mind.
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3747. WetBankGuy
4:15 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting leftlink:
Water vapor images from GEOS-14 shows that dry air began disrupting the core again around 10:30am est, giving the NHS good reason not to upgrade to a hurricane.

LINK

However the storm's northward jog has caused a large increase in wind speed the buoy on the southern tip of the mississippi delta:

LINK



Actually BURL1 has been in the high 40 kts with gusts to around 55 kts all morning. KVOA to the NE of the COC 60 kts gusting 66.
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3746. keisa90
4:05 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Another Ob:


Peak (10s) Flt. Lvl. Wind:94 knots (~ 108.1 mph)
SFMR Peak (10s) Sfc. Wind:66 knots (~ 75.9 mph)
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3745. CosmicEvents
4:04 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting reedzone:


Me a troll?? Say that to the bloggers who enjoy my posts on here.. I have some haters but really a troll?? That's low man... I have a right to make predictions and maybe you haven't read my post one night saying I was WRONG in Isaac not busting the mid level ridge. I was WRONG in Isaac going up the East Coast. I was WRONG WRONG WRONG.. ok?
ok, we're used to it. It's not the getting forecasts wrong part that bothers me/us. It's the thinking that you know more than the Dr. or the NHC.
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3744. keisa90
4:04 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Think we have a hurricane:

Flt. Lvl. Wind (30s):From 183° at 91 knots (From the S at ~ 104.6 mph)
Air Temp:18.0°C* (~ 64.4°F*)
Dew Pt: 18.0°C* (~ 64.4°F*)
Peak (10s) Flt. Lvl. Wind:93 knots (~ 106.9 mph)
SFMR Peak (10s) Sfc. Wind:66 knots (~ 75.9 mph)
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3743. Elena85Vet
3:53 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
That dry air was really a blessing.

Not only has it kept Isaac from becoming a hurricane, it dried out his N/NE quadrants so his rain field on the north has been limited to this point.

However, with Isaac's organization improving, that moisture is being pulled around where it will likely extend to the AL/FL border.
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3742. leftlink
3:53 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting leftlink:

Here is the latest water vapor image, just 20 minutes ago. The little blob on the left is rapidly expanding, so dry air will be pushed out soon.



Same image, 4 minutes go. Note the difference.

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3741. leftlink
3:50 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Here is the latest water vapor image, just 20 minutes ago. The little blob on the left is rapidly expanding, so dry air will be pushed out soon.

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3740. OceanDirect
3:49 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting WxNerdVA:
Not a hurricane? I don't like it, but the NHC does know better than I do.

It's a hurricane watch at landfall
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3739. Masquer08er
3:47 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Water rising in Mobile Bay. Just came from the causeway and went through a decent squall. It good now, but I'm betting the causeway will be closed by this afternoon.
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3738. gustaveye
3:47 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Dry air still drying up feeder bands...won't get near the rain they are talking about...but, i think with those pressures and wave heights, a CAT 2 storm surge will be the worst part of it, especially the angle that it will be hitting Louisiana
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3737. Dsntslp
3:47 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Agathorn:


I agree, but I think it might matter for insurance reason? Maybe? Not sure but I can see that being the case with the way insurance companies love to dodge actually paying out for things.
Doesn't it make a difference in people being able to qualify for FEMA help/funds after the storm passes? Or, am I mistaken...?
Quoting Agathorn:


Thankfully most of the flooding in Ft Pierce seems to have subsided. Rains stopped last night around 6pm or so and we even have sunny skies right now. Not sure if anything else is on it way though.
Saint Lucie West at Publix is still a mess. Avoid it if you can.
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3736. weathermanwannabe
3:46 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
You would rather have a fast moving Cat 1-2 than a slow high-grade TS lingering over you for 24 hours.....We can only hope now for minimal loss of life and that first responders are ready to go in to assist victims from the flooding over the next several days.
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3735. leftlink
3:44 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Mississippi River is finally rising:



What side of the flood gates are they measuring the height on? There might be a plan to let salt water in to put pressure on both sides of the flood walls so the y perform better, if I am reading this correctly.
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3734. Jstn568
3:40 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Link

Awesome wind map for the U.S.!
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3733. moonlightcowboy
3:40 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
With only some quick observation my thoughts haven't changed too much from last evening. Isaac will continue to strengthen gradually (no more opps for RI) as coastal waters will be less warm that the areas Isaac has just traversed.

Sat presentation is better, looks like a duck, walks like duck, quacks like a duck, well...it's probably a duck! That's the way it needs to be treated. Isaac may sneak up on folks, 80 mph winds with higher gusts is no walk in the park. Winds will likely landfall stronger as Isaac's LLC earnestly tries to spin up the broader circulation at the mid-levels which is still slightly asymmetrical. Isaac is wobbler in stature, not truly a standing-up vertical storm which also means, I think, that he'll never really mature.

Still ingesting dry air, still trying to wall-up a solid inner core. Obviously, the ingestion of dry air has not weakened him as he has tried to intensify, so I suspect it will be a weakening deterrent any further towards landfall. It probably does mean that he want increase intensity too terribly much either. We may reach 90-type range of winds at landfall, but that'd be about tops I think.

Track. The general rule of thumb here has been weaker means west, but Isaac has continued to climb gradually on a nwest motion. I suspect that will continue and he'll move further east from my original thoughts of landfall at Mud Lake. 1012mb pressures have relaxed west and nwest of the sytem, still tight up against the storm on the right side. So, I suspect the slowed (mentioned that last night too) 10 mph nwest movement will continue. He will also slow fwd speed further to almost a stall nearing landfall. That relaxed weakness is starting to show him an escape route, but it won't be quick at all. I'm thinking the current motion, some gradual strengthening will set him on a course over Grand Isle, the eastern side of NOLA, and almost stalling as it tries to turn due north/poleward.

That's enough for now, fingers tired, out of breath! ;) And, I'm sure everyone would appreciate a shorter statement - well, here it is:

Isaac is a VERY serious storm still. It's lack of further classification has likely generated considerable apathy. Mistake. There will be very long periods of hurricane force winds on land. He will not be a "passing-thru" system. There will be lots of rain and flooding. And, there will be above estimated surge, imo, as well. BE DILIGENT, don't let your guard down; otherwise, Isaac will be a killer!
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3732. katrinavet
3:40 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting zoomiami:


Not so funny -- just sad. To think that there are many, many lurkers out there reading this nonsense.

The difference that even 10 miles per hours is going to make is nothing -- the slow movement and the length of time that the winds and rain will be around is what will cause the trouble.

If you get a thunderstorm that has one big wind gust, that's the end of your damage right? What if that same wind gust happens 30 times in the next 4 hours -- what will that do the sign or the tree or the carport?

This is what they are talking about as to the effects.


I agree, somewhat. But, for a storm that will linger for 12 hours, with repeated gusts, 10 fewer miles per hour of wind will make a huge difference. I would rather 10 miles per hour slower wind speed, all day.
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3731. zawxdsk
3:39 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
I'm not quite sure why some seem to be upset that Isaac hasn't been officially classified as a hurricane. After all, people living in and around New Orleans aren't going to be able to tell the difference between a 64-knot tropical storm and a 65-knot hurricane; any damage that occurs will occur whether or not Isaac's map symbol is hollow or filled in; the winds will be just as windy and the rains will be every bit as wet whether landfall is made by Tropical Storm Isaac or Hurricane Isaac. And the families of those lost to Isaac on Hispaniola probably don't feel any less sense of heartbreak just because their loved ones were killed by a tropical storm and not a full-fledged hurricane.

It may help to keep this in mind: the hurricane classification is a man-made and arbitrary one; the cyclone spins on and does what it does regardless of what we call it.


I +1'd your comment, but I would like to make a counterpoint. A hurricane is a human-made storm distinction, like you said, but there is a psychological effect. As much as the storm is being hyped right now by TWC, there will still be enough people who do not take a 'Tropical Storm' seriously because its not a hurricane. In S LA, plenty of folks won't leave until it because a storm of a given magnitude because they say that they say that they know what that category of storm is capable of. A tropical storm just won't cut it - even if you were to tell them that this is the strongest tropical storm ever.

I would say (and I think the blog would probably agree) that Isaac has the potential impact of more like a low end Hurricane destruction with the expected rainfall and storm surge. If it take calling it a hurricane to get people a little more on edge about leaving, then call it a hurricane. Calling it a 'Tropical Storm' is arbitrary, too, especially with the dropsonde information and also a couple of the offshore buoys http://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KVOA.html supporting the case for hurricane.

Its easy for a layman to call a Tropical Storm just another tropical storm - and Isaac versus 2011's Don is not a fair comparison.
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3730. sunlinepr
3:37 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Mississippi River Cam

Link
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3729. southfla
3:36 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Among Isaac's other issues, I wondering what the effect will be over the next 24 hours of his lack of connection to any source of deep moisture from the Caribbean. How can Isaac fight off the dry air if his circulation is cut off from the Caribbean ?
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3728. SouthTXWX
3:36 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
I'm not quite sure why some seem to be upset that Isaac hasn't been officially classified as a hurricane. After all, people living in and around New Orleans aren't going to be able to tell the difference between a 64-knot tropical storm and a 65-knot hurricane; any damage that occurs will occur whether or not Isaac's map symbol is hollow or filled in; the winds will be just as windy and the rains will be every bit as wet whether landfall is made by Tropical Storm Isaac or Hurricane Isaac. And the families of those lost to Isaac on Hispaniola probably don't feel any less sense of heartbreak just because their loved ones were killed by a tropical storm and not a full-fledged hurricane.

It may help to keep this in mind: the hurricane classification is a man-made and arbitrary one; the cyclone spins on and does what it does regardless of what we call it.


Those who question the NHC and complain about upgrades are just inexperienced and probably young and immature young adults or teenagers.
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3727. CJ5
3:36 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting presslord:
To all of you advocating objectivity, rationality and sensibility:

Isn't it a little early for y'all to be drinking so heavily?!


There is a hurricane..err tropical storm in the area, it is never to early to drink!
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3726. sunlinepr
3:34 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
NOLA Quarter Cam....

Link
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3725. washingaway
3:33 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting presslord:
To all of you advocating objectivity, rationality and sensibility:

Isn't it a little early for y'all to be drinking so heavily?!


Cheers! gulp gulp....
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3724. CJ5
3:33 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting sunlinepr:
That's an Eye??




No it is not
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3723. sar2401
3:32 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Agathorn:


I agree, but I think it might matter for insurance reason? Maybe? Not sure but I can see that being the case with the way insurance companies love to dodge actually paying out for things.


The NHC is not in the business of enhancing insurance coverage, if that's even a factor. They report the facts that science gives them. That's their only concern. Since they have had a blown intensity forecast for the last five days, I think it's amazing that some NHC suit isn't insisting that the forecasters finally make it a hurricane.
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3722. divdog
3:32 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting leftlink:
Water vapor images from GEOS-14 shows that dry air began disrupting the core again around 10:30am est, giving the NHS good reason not to upgrade to a hurricane.

LINK

However the storm's northward jog has caused a large increase in wind speed the buoy on the southern tip of the mississippi delta:

LINK

Where can I find any support for north jog
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3721. zoomiami
3:31 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting NoloContendere:
The weeping and wailing and blaming the NHC this morning is hilarious. Reminds me of that time in kindergarten where one kid spilled his chocolate milk on another kid's blankie...



Not so funny -- just sad. To think that there are many, many lurkers out there reading this nonsense.

The difference that even 10 miles per hours is going to make is nothing -- the slow movement and the length of time that the winds and rain will be around is what will cause the trouble.

If you get a thunderstorm that has one big wind gust, that's the end of your damage right? What if that same wind gust happens 30 times in the next 4 hours -- what will that do the sign or the tree or the carport?

This is what they are talking about as to the effects.
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3720. nrtiwlnvragn
3:31 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting osuwxguynew:


This is good info, so thanks. I knew that they would like to see the average over the boundary layer, but if you do that this is still a HU.

Slight kink, but a much higher wind speed bulge just above.


For those interested:

See below, select 12:25UTC reading at the top

Dropsonde Report


It is close and in my opinion they could have gone either way, why Stewart chose conservative, don't know. I would have gone HU.
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3719. Agathorn
3:31 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting seer2012:
What a flood and it extends to at least FT. Pierce.


Thankfully most of the flooding in Ft Pierce seems to have subsided. Rains stopped last night around 6pm or so and we even have sunny skies right now. Not sure if anything else is on it way though.
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3717. StormHype
3:31 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Here comes the dry air injection to stumble Isaac's ambitions again. Check the WV loop. If this stays a TS and never makes Cat1, it is a huge win for anyone making non-flood related insurance claims from this storm. In that case, the special hurricane deductible doesn't apply.
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3716. bohonkweatherman
3:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Patrap:


I-12 is a much better Route as its N of Lake P.

Stay well north or leave now
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3715. RitaEvac
3:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012






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3714. midgulfmom
3:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting biff4ugo:
Has the Army Corps closed the big structure gates they built to stop storm surge? It would be cool to see those in action!
about 30 minutes ago....
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3713. floridaT
3:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting kidd5433:


A close second is "NHC will make it a Hurricane in their 10AM update"
eating crow does need replacement. how about "once again showing my want of intellect ".
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3712. katrinavet
3:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting prweatherwatcher:


They are completly wrong, there is not doubt that Isaac is now a Hurricane...

And, from which university did you receive your degree in meteorlogy? They will be proud to know that you are the only person to call Isaac a hurricane, with every single Ph.D., meteorologist, climatologist, and hurricane hunter staff member with actual data calling it, still, a tropical storm.

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3711. hurricanehanna
3:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting SherwoodSpirit:


I was just laughing at that. Reminds me of the broadcast from Irene where the kids were goofing around in the background while the guy was trying to show how severe the storm was.

lol...
I remember when Andrew was making landfall here in LA...reporter was standing outside of a popular restaurant and noted how the palm trees were extremely bent over from the winds... they were planted in the ground that way and formed an "x". I don't think he lasted long at the station.
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3710. jeffs713
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
I'm not quite sure why some seem to be upset that Isaac hasn't been officially classified as a hurricane. After all, people living in and around New Orleans aren't going to be able to tell the difference between a 64-knot tropical storm and a 65-knot hurricane; any damage that occurs will occur whether or not Isaac's map symbol is hollow or filled in; the winds will be just as windy and the rains will be every bit as wet whether landfall is made by Tropical Storm Isaac or Hurricane Isaac. And the families of those lost to Isaac on Hispaniola probably don't feel any less sense of heartbreak just because their loved ones were killed by a tropical storm and not a full-fledged hurricane.

It may help to keep this in mind: the hurricane classification is a man-made and arbitrary one; the cyclone spins on and does what it does regardless of what we call it.

Dude. Two days in a row with profound statements. Do you have another one lined up for later today, or are you saving it for tomorrow?
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3709. RTSplayer
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Massive shield of 65kts or greater winds in both directions, according to radar, is at the mouth of the river and closing distance.
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3708. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
3707. Patrap
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
New Orleans
NEXRAD Radar

Storm Relative Mean Radial Velocity 0.5° Elevation
Range 124 NMI

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3706. kidd5433
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting sunlinepr:
That's an Eye??




Maybe a Belly-button
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3705. BTRWeather
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Quoting cheaterwon:
I have to leave Houston tomorrow morning to be in Jacksonville Florida by 7am for a State Farm assignment. Do you all think I-10 will be okay to travel tomorrow? I didn't think about driving through the storm before excepting the assignment.

This might help you make a decision. http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/qpf/Isaac_ra infall.gif
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3704. SFLWeatherman
3:29 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
Chance of precipitation is 80% now in WPB!!! :/ no
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