posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 12:34 PM
In my opinion, the jet stream might have had a little to do with the direction change, but probably only a limited amount. The bad part about
studying weather is that you often need to enter the realm of Chaos Mechanics to determine probable outcomes of atmospheric patterns.
Basically, you need a system of objects that run into each other and watch how they react. Because most of hurricane data is collected while the
hurricanes are still over the oceans, I'd think that a scientific answer would be difficult to come by. Water temperatures, pollutants, jet streams,
colliding weather/pressure fronts, and a number of other possible problems would all need to be factored in to get the idea of how or why such a shift
Think of a top (little spinny thing). Now spin that top. If you know anything about a top, the slightest touch can send it flying off in a somewhat
predictable direction. If a jet stream was the equivalent of your finger, then you would most likely see a direction change. As to whether this
example is even relavent, that's up to science to determine.
If you ask me, I'm more confused as to why it continued up the coastline after it turned back towards Florida.
[edit on 18-8-2004 by Protector]