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Once again, a little short. Snow White and I are going to Bible Study so I’ve got to be quick. The models are still all over the place. The ECMWF has Hurricane Ike going to Brownsville. The US Navy NOGAPS has Hurricane Ike going to kiss New Orleans, not even making landfall and then moving almost due east along the coast back toward Florida. The CMC and GFS both target Houston/Galveston. All have it as a pretty intense hurricane. All are taking different takes on a trof late in the week. It would appear to me that the previously advertised big trof will not dig down as far as forecast. The 850’s around here stay in the mid teens through much of the weekend whereas previously they dove to around 9. This would tend to indicate that the ridge hangs tough in the Dixie
states and so a Tejas landfall is perhaps a better bet than the northern Gulf Coast. The ECMWF has the ridge so strong that it just takes the storm due west to Brownsville while the the CMC and GFS break down the ridge enough for a SE Texas landfall. The NOGAPS still wants to dig the trof but later in the weekend, thus the influence north toward the mouth of the Mississippi and then a move east as the trof progresses. That due east idea seems far fetched. Anyway, thats it for now. The NHC seems to be going along with the idea that the ridge hangs tough. Way too soon to tell where landfall will be or the intensity though its interesting that a few of the models still want to ramp it up.
HURRICANE IKE DISCUSSION NUMBER 27
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092008
500 PM EDT SUN SEP 07 2008
THE LATEST AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE MISSION INDICATES THAT IKE HAS
WEAKENED A LITTLE. THE PLANE FOUND A PEAK SFMR OF 91 KT AND 107 KT
AT FLIGHT LEVEL. AN EYEWALL DROPSONDE SUGGESTED SURFACE WINDS
AROUND 100 KT BUT THE DROP MAY NOT HAVE SAMPLED THE HIGHEST WINDS.
WHILE THESE OBSERVATIONS WOULD NORMALLY SUPPORT A SLIGHTLY LOWER
INTENSITY…THE CENTRAL PRESSURE FELL TO 945 MB…AND THE INITIAL
INTENSITY IS LOWERED ONLY TO 105 KT. A RECENT SERIES OF MICROWAVE
PASSES AND REPORTS FROM THE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT CONFIRM THAT AN
OUTER EYEWALL HAS FORMED…BUT IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT THE EYEWALL
REPLACEMENT CYCLE WILL COMPLETE PRIOR TO IKE REACHING CUBA.
ACCORDINGLY…SIGNIFICANT STRENGTHENING IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 12 HOURS. ONCE INLAND OVER CUBA…WEAKENING IS EXPECTED BUT
THE AMOUNT OF WEAKENING WILL DEPEND LARGELY ON HOW LONG THE CENTER
STAYS OVER LAND. THE LATEST OFFICIAL FORECAST KEEPS IKE INLAND FOR
APPROXIMATELY 24-36 HOURS SO SIGNIFICANT WEAKENING IS SHOWN.
HOWEVER…ONLY A SMALL DEVIATION TO THE NORTH OR THE SOUTH COULD
RESULT IN THE CENTER OF IKE MOVING BACK OVER WATER SOONER. IKE IS
FORECAST TO REACH THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO IN ABOUT 2 DAYS
WHERE THE WATERS ARE WARM AND THE SHEAR IS FORECAST TO BE LOW.
IKE’S POTENTIAL FOR RESTRENGTHENING OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL
DEPEND ON ITS STRUCTURE ONCE IT EMERGES FROM CUBA.
IKE HAS BEEN WOBBLING WESTWARD DURING THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS WITH AN
INITIAL MOTION ESTIMATE OF 270/12. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-
NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED TONIGHT OR MONDAY AS THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE TO
ITS NORTH WEAKENS. IN 2-3 DAYS…A SHORTWAVE TROUGH IS FORECAST TO
MOVE THROUGH THE EASTERN UNITED STATES CAUSING ADDITIONAL WEAKENING
OF THE RIDGE AND A REDUCTION IN IKE’S FORWARD SPEED. MOST OF THE
DYNAMICAL MODELS NOW SHOW THE TROUGH BYPASSING IKE TO THE
NORTH WITH A SHORTWAVE RIDGE BUILDING IN ITS WAKE. THIS PATTERN
WOULD RESULT IN A SLIGHT LEFT TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT DAYS
4 AND 5. TRACK MODELS CONTINUE TO TREND SOUTHWARD AND THE OFFICIAL
FORECAST IS NUDGED A LITTLE TO THE LEFT. HOWEVER…ONE SHOULD NOT
FOCUS TOO MUCH ON SMALL CHANGES IN THE TRACK…AND IT IS MUCH TOO
EARLY TO ANTICIPATE WHICH AREAS ALONG THE GULF COAST COULD BE
IMPACTED BY THIS SYSTEM.
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
INITIAL 07/2100Z 21.1N 74.6W 105 KT
12HR VT 08/0600Z 21.2N 76.5W 100 KT…INLAND
24HR VT 08/1800Z 21.7N 78.8W 85 KT…INLAND
36HR VT 09/0600Z 22.4N 80.8W 70 KT…INLAND
48HR VT 09/1800Z 23.2N 82.6W 65 KT
72HR VT 10/1800Z 24.5N 85.5W 75 KT
96HR VT 11/1800Z 26.0N 88.0W 90 KT
120HR VT 12/1800Z 27.0N 91.0W 100 KT