Rita’s Getting Ugly

It’s enough to make me believe in weather warfare: Early forecasts indicated that Hurricane Rita would have getting past Category 3 because of the cooler water churned up by Katrina in the Gulf.

Things change.

RAPID INTENSIFICATION SHOULD CONTINUE FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 24 HOURS. A POLEWARD OUTFLOW CHANNEL IS WELL ESTABLISHED WITH OUTFLOW ACCUMULATING INTO A LARGE UPPER-LEVEL LOW...OR MASS SINK...EAST OF THE BAHAMAS. IN ADDITION... AN EQUATORWARD OUTFLOW CHANNEL ALSO APPEARS TO BE DEVELOPING. GIVEN THE DUAL OUTFLOW PATTERN THAT IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR THE NEXT 36-48 HOURS...STRENGTHENING INTO A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE IS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY.

As of tonight, Rita packed 110 mile per hour winds. She’ll be a Cat 3 storm by morning and a Cat 4 by tomorrow night.

Forecasters now predict 145 mile per hour sustained winds when Rita makes landfall around midnight Friday.

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3 responses to “Rita’s Getting Ugly

  1. Derek, we’re 3 1/2 hours north of Houston and I expect our hotels will start filling up again. I wouldn’t be surprised to see our church used this time. We’re third or fourth in line to be used if needed. I’ll know more after church tonight. Although, we’re far enough inland it looks like we will get wet. Meanwhile today and tomorrow; 101 degrees and sunny.

    By the way; how ’bout them Cubs? The Cards clinching while playing us was absolutely depressing.

  2. As of 4 pm, Rita is a category 5 storm with 165-mph winds, located 300 miles west of Key West, Florida. Rita is moving west at 12 mph, and will move out into the central Gulf over the next 24-48 hours. Yet another one for the record books. This is the first time in recorded history that two Cat 5 Hurricanes have developed in the Gulf of Mexico in the same year.

  3. A friend and business associate in Houston sent his wife (and their four cats–she’s driving a Cat Four automobile) up to Fort Worth. They may continue on to Kansas City when he catches up to her tomorrow.

    Looks like Rita’s going to follow him all the way up. By next week this time, we’ll be getting the remnant here in St. Louis.

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