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REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE
THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 175 MPH...280 KM/HR...WITH
HIGHER GUSTS. THIS MAKES RITA A POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY
FIVE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN
INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES...110 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 185 MILES...295 KM.
THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE ESTIMATED FROM REPORTS BY THE
HURRICANE HUNTER IS 897 MB...26.49 INCHES. THIS MEANS RITA IS THE
THIRD MOST INTENSE HURRICANE IN TERMS OF PRESSURE IN THE ATLANTIC
Full Report: NOAA National Hurricane Center
. Features of annular hurricanes
Before the features associated with annular hurricanes can be examined, annular hurricane cases must be iden-tified. The IR imagery is the visual means by which we determine whether a storm is an annular hurricane.
An annular hurricane is identified if the hurricane persists for at least 3 h in an axisymmetric state defined by the following:
1) the hurricane has a normal-to-large-sized circular eye surrounded by a single band of deep convection containing the inner-core region and
2) the hurricane has little or no convective activity beyond this annulus of convection. The use of digital IR data alsoallows for the development of an objective technique of identifying storms with these characteristics, which will be addressed in section 4. Note that a hurricane is considered an annular hurricane only when these conditions are met; before and after the annular phase, the hurricane is considered an asymmetric storm. The six hurricanes that meet these subjective criteria during our period of study are listed in Table 1 along with ranges of satellite estimates of the range of eye sizes and best-track-determined intensities.
To quote from Michael C. Ruppert's article,
While I had serious doubts about America’s ability to recover from Katrina, I am certain that – barring divine intervention – the United States is finished; not only as a superpower, but possibly even as a single, unified nation with the arrival of Hurricane Rita.
Originally posted by krossfyter
can anyone of you all respond or comment as to the pattern of these hurricanes...
im hearing that they expect it not to hold this intensity for long... that before it hits landfall it will be a cat 4.... that most huricanes drop in in intensity before landfal... and this thing is cycling (typical)... so they think that when it nears landfall it will be at least lower cat 5 if not cat 4 because of cycling.
what sayeth you?