Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Explosive Growth

Explosive hurricane growth in the Gulf of Mexico will undoubtedly provide rich fodder for research in the quiet months to come, but for now, it's a catastrophe in the making:

...AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE PLANE REPORTED 884 MB...THE LOWEST MINIMUM PRESSURE EVER MEASURED IN A HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN...THIS VALUE SHOULD BE USED WITH CAUTION UNTIL CALIBRATED...
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MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 175 MPH...280 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. WILMA IS A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

"No such thing as global warming." Uh, sure. We can disagree on the cause, but hot water in the gulf leading to incredible storm strengthening seems to be a fact.

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