Yea, it is predicted to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a category 2 and then, depending on how long it has before its next landfall, it will begin to
restrengthen. The waters in the Bay of Campeche area of the Gulf are very hot and considerably deep, this will supply it all the fuel it needs to grow
into another formidable storm.
Btw, the pressure dropped to 906 mb just prior to lanfall, that places Dean as being the 8th most powerful, Atlantic Basin, Hurricane of all time,
Wilma is in first place with 882. There are now 4 hurricanes, since just 2004, that are among the top 10 most powerful hurricanes.
Here is the list and here is the Source page for this
Edit: There have been a total of 5 hurricanes since 2004 that are in the top 10 most powerful hurricane list. I made an error earlier, probably from
just being tired and I counted 4.
The actual count is 5, they are Wilma, in first place. Followed by Rita,
Katrina, Dean and Ivan, in order of strength
882 mb - Wilma
888 mb - Gilbert
892 mb - Labor Day Hurricane
895 mb - Rita
899 mb - Allen
902 mb - Katrina
905 mb - Camille, Mitch
906 mb - Dean
910 mb - Ivan
914 mb - Janet
Also, once again, here is a really cool picture that shows the Eye being half on land and half still offshore..
If you havent noticed already, I really like images of a perfect looking hurricane
[edit on 8/21/2007 by Kr0n0s]