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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-11 01:17 PM
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Weather Porn! (Tropical Storm Don)
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From The Houston Press:

Tropical Storm Don: Will Houston See Any Effects?

By Jeff Balke
Thu., Jul. 28 2011 at 11:31 AM

As we thought, the forecast models, using the data from the National Hurricane Center reconnaissance aircraft came into fairly good agreement last night on the track of Tropical Storm Don and, unfortunately, it doesn't bode well for rain chances in the Houston area.

Don is tracking to the west-northwest and moving along at a pretty good clip south of a large ridge of high pressure. It's a very small storm, which makes it much more vulnerable to wind shear and more difficult to predict in terms of how big it will get. None of the intensity models forecast Don will be a hurricane before making landfall somewhere along the Texas coast.

That's really good news for a drought-stricken state like ours. A good-sized tropical storm without the damaging winds or storm surge of a hurricane could help dramatically reduce the drought problem, as Dr. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground points out. A hurricane, on the other hand, could simply add to the millions of dollars in weather-related losses, which no one wants.

...more at linked headline...

I love this image! I should post it in the Lounge :evilgrin:

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