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Texas is fucked

2005-09-22 18:09:42.719331+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Uhhh... I'm wondering if someone over at NOAA is having some image manipulation fun at our expense. This is the image just snagged from this Hurricate Rita cumulative wind distribution page.

[Wind Track of Hurricane Rita]

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-22 18:27:38.43172+00 by: Dan Lyke

Almost as suggestive is this animation of the wind swath threading in between the Florida keys and Cuba.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-22 18:44:15.106789+00 by: jeff [edit history]

Ahh ... you've visited one of my favorite sites during hurricane season!

I must admit, however, that I'm a bit puzzled. The graphic above clearly shows a distinct turn of Rita (at least in terms of wind distribution) to the NNW. This would seem to bring New Orleans back into play MUCH more than originally thought. The 5-day tracking map, which tracks the position of the hurricane eyewall (I believe), shows a more NW track into eastern TX. So, who is really *ucked more, TX or LA? Due to the counterclockwise rotation of hurricanes, and their generalized NW tack, the most dangerous areas (from both wind and storm surge) usually lie in the northeast quadrant of each storm.

Unless Rita really weakens, I'll take the high ground and say that both states are hosed. And get ready for higher gas prices early next week!