Posted by: Kevin | September 14, 2007

Interesting

From the National Hurricane Center 11AM EST Thursday discussion on Hurricane Humberto:

BASED ON OPERATIONAL ESTIMATES…HUMBERTO STRENGTHENED FROM A 30 KT
DEPRESSION AT 15Z YESTERDAY TO A 75 KT HURRICANE AT 09Z THIS
MORNING…AN INCREASE OF 45 KT IN 18 HOURS.  TO PUT THIS
DEVELOPMENT IN PERSPECTIVE…NO TROPICAL CYCLONE IN THE HISTORICAL
RECORD HAS EVER REACHED THIS INTENSITY AT A FASTER RATE NEAR
LANDFALL.  IT WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW…SOMEDAY…WHY THIS HAPPENED.

I’ll admit to a childish fascination with hurricanes.  Something about Nature’s unbridled furry captures my imagination.  So I’ve been watching this hurricane season with interest.  We’ve already had 2 storms make landfall as category 5 hurricanes.  The speed with which Humberto gained strength was comparable to that of Wilma in 2005.  Yet Humberto formed only 60 miles off-shore.  All of the above would have seemed ridiculous before the 2004 and 2005 Hurricane Seasons.  Now it’s just a slight ratings boost for The Weather Channel. 

It seems that any storm forming in the Gulf or the Caribbean that isn’t cut apart by wind shear becomes a bomb.  I’ll spare you the rant about Global Warming and what not.  Suffice to say this isn’t a good thing regardless of cause.

Hat tip to Shakesville

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