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Hurricane Wilma - Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded!

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posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 08:44 PM
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Timing is everything. I think if this storm was just a bit north and west of its current position you wouldn't see this kind of organization. But from the way I understand it you need the rain in south florida.




posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 08:53 PM
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During reconnaissance of tropical system WILMA a maximum sustained wind speed of 114 mph at 9987 feet, and a maximum wind gust of 116 mph at 9987 feet, were found by the government plane.

Just found this at accu weather You all were right its now Cat 3 according to latest decoded flight data. Also the clouds tops are really showing to be more intense.




posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 08:54 PM
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Originally posted by worldwatcher
Please don't say Category 4, I can see Wilma being a Cat 3 by 11pm advisory if not sooner, but hopefully she will not make it to Cat 4 and hits land weaker, but you guys are right, current info is making me nervous.


Definitely a 115-120mph hurricane now. 114kt flight level winds reported. Still organizing and Cat 4 is possible, dvorak numbers dropping.

Recon winds are in knots, Harry


[edit on 23-10-2005 by Regenmacher]



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 08:57 PM
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Remember when figuring surface level winds you need to multiply the wind speed by .85 or .90. So its coming up on 110mph. Pretty good storm either way.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 08:57 PM
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links for Fort Lauderdale/Miami

www.local10.com...

www.nbc6.net...

www.wfor.com...

www.wsvn.com...

www.sun-sentinel.com...

www.miami.com...


And



links for Naples/Fort Myers

www.abc-7.com...

nbc-2.com...

www.winktv.com...

www.fox4florida.com...



You can find live news coverage and a few webcams at the links above.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:02 PM
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TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...SHARPES...PORT SAINT JOHN

* UNTIL 1030 PM EDT

* AT 944 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
A TORNADO OVER COCOA...APPROACHING MERRITT ISLAND...AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

THE PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO ON THE GROUND BETWEEN COCOA AND
MERRITT ISLAND AT 943 PM...NEAR THE HUBERT HUMPHREY BRIDGE.

* THE TORNADO IS EXPECTED TO BE MOVE OVER NORTH MERRITT ISLAND
AND BE NEAR...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER BY 1010 PM EDT
______________________________________________________
AT 1004 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO OVER NORTHWESTERN POLK COUNTY...MOVING NORTHWEST AT 25 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL AFFECT...
NORTHERN GIBSONIA
RURAL NORTHWESTERN POLK COUNTY.



[edit on 23-10-2005 by Harry55]



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:07 PM
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Originally posted by Indy
Remember when figuring surface level winds you need to multiply the wind speed by .85 or .90. So its coming up on 110mph. Pretty good storm either way.


So extrapolating 114kts we get 111-117 mph surface winds............



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:09 PM
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Unless my math is failing me or my kts to mph is wrong I'm getting 114kts = 125.4mph. 125.4mph flight level = 112.86 when using .90 or 106.59 when using .85.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:15 PM
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Originally posted by Indy
Unless my math is failing me or my kts to mph is wrong I'm getting 114kts = 125.4mph. 125.4mph flight level = 112.86 when using .90 or 106.59 when using .85.


I could be wrong, I was just quickly using the Dashboard (Mac) converter which shows 114kt = 131 mph, 131 x 0.9 = 117.9.............. the converter could certainly be off. Anyway, Wilma is no doubt building and I hope all Florida residents are prepared.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:17 PM
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Tornados are popping up everywhere.

* AT 1006 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
VIOLENT WATERSPOUT 13 MILES SOUTH OF KEY WEST...MOVING NORTH AT 60
MPH.

* THE TORNADO IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR...
KEY WEST BY 1015 PM EDT
BIG COPPITT KEY...BOCA CHICA...SHARK KEY AND STOCK ISLAND BY 1020
PM EDT



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:19 PM
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Here ya go decode your own recon data:
flhurricane.com...

Storm WILMA: Observed by AF #305
Storm #24 In Atlantic Ocean
Total Flights For Storm #24: 24
Date/Time of Recon Report: October 24, 2005 01:12:40 Zulu
Position Of The Center: 24 ° 15 ' N 084 ° 08 ' W (24.25° N 84.13° W)
Minimum Height Measured At Standard Level Of 700 Millibars: 2732 Meters (Normal: 3011 Meters)
Maximum Surface Winds Were Estimated At: 0 Knots (0 MPH)
Estimated Surface Winds Were Measured At: N/A Nautical Miles (N/A miles) From Center At Bearing °
Maximum Flight Level Winds Near Center Were 114 Knots (131.1 MPH) From 142°
Maximum Flight Level Winds Were Measured 027 Nautical Miles (31.05 Miles) From Center At Bearing 039°
Minimum Pressure: 958 Millibars (28.289 Inches)
Maxium Flight Level Temperature / Pressure Altitude Outside The Eye: 8°C (46.4°F) / 3053 Meters
Maximum Flight Level Temperature / Pressure Altitude Inside The Eye: 14°C (57.2°F) / 3047 Meters
Dewpoint Temperature / Sea Surface Temperature Inside The Eye: 14°C (57.2°F) / NA°C (NA°F)
Eye Wall Was Characterized As Being: CLOSED WALL
Eye Form Was Characterized As Being: CO45-60
Center Fix Established Using: Penetration Radar Wind Pressure Temperature
Center Fix Established At Level(s): 700 Millibars
Navigational Accuracy Measured At: 0.02 Nautical Miles
Meteorological Accuracy Measured At: 3 Nautical Miles

Other Information:
1: Maximum Flight Level Winds Were 114 KT NE Quadrant at 01:04:30 Z
2: Maximum Flight Level Temp 16 C, 225 / 24NM
3: OUTER EYE IS RAGGED
4: INNER EYE IS OPEN E-SW

9:20 PM EDT Update
Recon is reporting 114 Knot winds at flight level, which equates to roughly 103 knots at the surface, or near 120MPH winds.


[edit on 23-10-2005 by Regenmacher]



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:19 PM
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OH I'm the one thats wrong. I'm thinking of the difference between miles and nauticle (sp?) miles. KTS to MPH is like 1 to 1.15 ratio. So 114kts is 131mph. BTW.... latest Key West radial velocity image indicates maximum winds away from the radar site of 122kts.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:23 PM
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For anyone who cares to keep up with the Key West radial velocity image...

www.intellicast.com...

Depending on how the NHC chooses to calculate the surface wind for the next observation we should see 110 or 115mph. I'm guessing they'll shoot on the low side with 110mph. You really don't want people to try and leave now thinking they are facing a major hurricane.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:24 PM
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Originally posted by Indy
OH I'm the one thats wrong. I'm thinking of the difference between miles and nauticle (sp?) miles. KTS to MPH is like 1 to 1.15 ratio. So 114kts is 131mph. BTW.... latest Key West radial velocity image indicates maximum winds away from the radar site of 122kts.


122 kts already?!?!?!?!? WOW, from what I've caught on the news, not as many people have evacuated the Keys as when Katrina went through as a CAT 1-2..................



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:25 PM
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speak english guys, I don't know knots
in mph what is that and what category?

btw where is the rain in Broward? it is still very nice and I can even see the sky and a few stars?

and does anyone think that the northern side (the clean side) is now becoming just as dirty as the southern side?



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:26 PM
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Last news report I saw said 110mph winds...



AT 1004 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO OVER NORTHWESTERN POLK COUNTY...MOVING NORTHWEST AT 25 MPH


That's pretty funny, as they discontinued the warning there (Polk county) at 8pm...Why? I don't know....



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:27 PM
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That 122kt observation by radar is a maximum wind. It is most likely a wind gust. I think the eye is still out of range so top winds aren't being picked up. 122kts isn't flight level I don't believe. I think its only a few thousand feet above the ground. So you would be talking about a surface wind of around 125mph. Maybe 130mph. Again this would be most likely a wind gust. Just remember stuff starts really coming apart at 100mph.



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:30 PM
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This is a very serious situation. Dopper radar just picked up a wind of 142kts or about 146mph surface. The next image had a max of 140kts. Not sure if I'd quite qualify that as sustained. But its something to really think about. It could also be dopler radar picking up the wind in a tornado in the system.



[edit on 10/23/2005 by Indy]



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:33 PM
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Can see the eye on radar here:

www.srh.noaa.gov...

9:20 PM EDT Update
Recon is reporting 114 Knot winds at flight level, which equates to roughly 103 knots at the surface, or near 120MPH winds.

Scattometer and Dvorak more acurate than doppler velocity btw.

[edit on 23-10-2005 by Regenmacher]



posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 09:35 PM
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Worldwatcher this is what NHC is saying.


RECENT DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND FROM THE NOAA DOPPLER RADAR IN KEY WEST FLORIDA INDICATE WILMA
IS VERY NEAR CATEGORY THREE...OR MAJOR... HURRICANE STRENGTH. IF
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EYEWALL CONTINUE TO PERSIST AND REMAIN WELL
ORGANIZED... THEN WILMA WILL LIKELY BE UPGRADED TO A CATEGORY THREE
HURRICANE ON THE 11 PM ADVISORY




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