Monday, October 17, 2005

Keep an Eye on Wilma

Looks like we might have a hurricane alpha this year, nobody knows where Wilma will hit, but it's sure to make hurricane status by Tuesday or Wednesday.

7 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

I don't get it. Wilma won't hit America, so why should we care? Aren't they brown people down there?

Oh, I get it -- you're worried about cheap immigrant labor. Got it!

Monday, October 17, 2005 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

Wilma might hit us, it's pretty hard to say. However, my point is simply that we have now tied the record for hurricanes in a single season and are likely to surpass it shortly. It's pretty clear that global warming and higher water temps. in the gulf are having massive economic consequences. Look for more hurricanes to come, the season isn't over.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Reports now indicate that Wilma is heading towards Florida. . .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Oh, white people might get hurt in the president's brother's state?

Oh, OK. Now it's important.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:14:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Yeah, and now it's a cat. 5!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:38:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Latest from Jeff Masters' at Weather Underground:

There has never been a hurricane like Wilma before. With an unbelievable round of intensification that saw the pressure drop 87 mb in just 12 hours, Wilma smashed the all-time record for lowest pressure in an Atlantic hurricane this morning. The 4 am hurricane hunter report put the pressure at 882 mb, easily besting the previous record of 888 mb set in Hurricane Gilbert of 1988. Since no hurricane hunter airplane has been in the eye since then, Wilma may be even stronger now. The eye diameter of Wilma during this round of intensification shrunk as low as 2 nautical miles, which may be the smallest eye diameter ever measured in a tropical cyclone. The only eye I could find close to that small in the records was a 3 nm one, the Category 4 Typhoon Jeliwat in 2000. It's amazing the hurricane hunters were even able to penetrate the eye--it's really tough to hit a 2 mile wide eye when you're flying crabbed over at a 30 degree yaw angle fighting horizontal flight level winds of 185 mph and severe turbulence. This is an incredibly compact, amazingly intense hurricane, the likes of which has never been seen in the Atlantic. The Hurricane Season of 2005 keeps topping itself with new firsts, and now boasts three of the five most intense hurricanes of all time--Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:20:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Gee, I wonder what head-in-the-sand Republicans will say about this? That the models that predict greater hurricane intensity in the Gulf as a result of higher water temperatures are badly formed?

Any moron can tell that the higher water temps. 1. Caused by global warming 2. Causing extreme weather. What more do we need to know? That Saddam was responsible for it?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:41:00 PM  

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