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Originally posted by Nerdling
With dopplers and predictors and whizzgidgets and doodahs it really doesn't matter where you do your hurricane plotting anymore.
Its going to be a rough season, thats all we know.
Though individual hurricane landfall can not be accurately forecast for an individual year, for those living on the East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, there is a 52 percent probability of having a Category 3, 4, or 5 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale; more about this later) will actually reach land. This might not seem much, but it is greater than the landfall probability from last century, which was 31 percent. For the residents of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle westward to Brownsville, the probability of landfall is slightly less -- 40 percent, compared to 30 percent last century.
Originally posted by Nerdling
Nothing like a few thousand miles to make you actively watch danger. I'm in Scotland here and I couldnt keep my eyes off the storm.
Originally posted by orionthehunter
How are hurricane wind speeds measured?
Researchers have certified a new tool to measure wind speeds at the sea's surface during a hurricane from the relative safety of an aircraft flying thousands of feet overhead.
Scientists at the NOAA's Hurricane Research Center and the University of Miami's Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences have been using the devices on research aircraft since 1985.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts built the first instrument, called the stepped-frequency microwave radiometer, and have been working with NOAA scientists to refine the technology.
The device works by sensing the high radiation emitted in microwave bands from the sea surface. When hurricane-force winds blow over the ocean, the churning water creates foam, which radiates a higher-than-normal level of microwave energy. Over the years, researchers have been able to calibrate this microwave signature with wind speeds at the surface.
Using a receiver-computer about the size of a 27-inch television set, scientists measure the microwave signals over six channels, running them through models to fix wind speed even in the presence of heavy rain at the surface.
Combined in near-real time with other observations, the information is used to fashion a hurricane wind field map that plots wind speeds in different quadrants of a storm.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
I was hoping charley got upgraded to a catagory-4 just because I want to see some kool pics of it in action. Sure some people will be pissed cuz their house got blow away but i live up in the northeast all I have to worry about is some rain Anyone know what are the chances of Charley going up to Category 5?
Anyone heard of any damage estimates?
There are some isolated tonados touching down (S. Daytona) but not reports of injuries, etc. I am sure they are just all taking precautions.
Originally posted by Tr33stump
I dont know what you mean by "isolated"? Im on the east coast. [edit on 16-8-2004 by Tr33stump]