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Wilma main thread - Alex - 10-24-2005 06:20 PM

I've had two friends report that a lot of the high rises in Fort Myers have had a ton of windows blown out from Wilma.


Wilma main thread - Chris48 - 10-24-2005 06:27 PM

What a hell of a day here in south Brevard. I posted what I saw in the damage reporting thread...

Hope the people further south are safe, even though I was on the better side, we still got wind gust over 120 mph.


Wilma main thread - Alex - 10-24-2005 10:34 PM

Wilma's strengthened back up to 125 MPH while accelerating to 47 mph. How's that for a storm that is just east of a huge cold air mass where Miami will have wind chills tonight!


Wilma main thread - Alex - 10-25-2005 04:06 AM

Wilma is starting it's metamorphisis into a barclinic low as I type this. The winds are down to 115 mph as of the latest advisory, and the storm center is now east of Cape Hatteras, NC. The forward progress of the storm is now 53 mph. The fastest I can remember a storm moving is Hurricane Arlene (1987) that moved at 70 mph.


Wilma main thread - ROLLTIDE - 10-25-2005 12:08 PM

Wilma Is Moving Toward The Northeast Near 53 Mph...85 Km/hr. An
Turn Toward The East-northeast And A Decrease In Forward Speed Are
Expected During The Next 24 Hours. This Motion Should Keep The
Center Of Wilma Well Offshore Of The Northeastern United States.

Maximum Sustained Winds Are Near 105 Mph


Wilma main thread - mel - 10-25-2005 12:22 PM

That is amazing. Has there ever been a storm to move at that speed before?


Wilma main thread - Alex - 10-25-2005 03:09 PM

mel Wrote:That is amazing. Has there ever been a storm to move at that speed before?

Like I wrote earlier, Arelene did have a forward speed of 70 mph. While storms moving at 53 MPH and up is not all that common, it happens from time to time when strong troughs, pushed by the westerlies, grab a hold of a storm and slingshot it out to sea. Generally speaking, the higher speeds always occur over the north Atlantic prior to tropical cylcones transitioning into extratropical systems.


Wilma main thread - Alex - 10-25-2005 04:52 PM

Here's the last advisory issued by the NHC. The storm looks like a large blob now, no eye or tropical signatures.

>>
WTNT34 KNHC 252028
TCPAT4
BULLETIN
HURRICANE WILMA ADVISORY NUMBER 43
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 PM EDT TUE OCT 25 2005

...WILMA BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL...

AT 5 PM EDT...2100Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE WILMA WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 41.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 62.8 WEST OR ABOUT 205 MILES...
330 KM...SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA.

WILMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 53 MPH...85 KM/HR. A TURN
TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST AT A SLOWER FORWARD SPEED ARE EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 85 MPH...140 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATES THAT WILMA IS MERGING WITH A
FRONTAL SYSTEM AND LOSING TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS...AND FURTHER
WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 85 MILES...140 KM...
FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP
TO 430 MILES...695 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 976 MB...28.82 INCHES.

ALTHOUGH WILMA WILL NOT BE DIRECTLY AFFECTING THE U.S. EAST
COAST...HIGH SURF IS PRESENTLY OCCURRING ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC
STATES. PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER
OFFICE.

REPEATING THE 5 PM EDT POSITION...41.7 N... 62.8 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 53 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 85 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 976 MB.

THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY ON WILMA FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER. FUTURE WARNINGS AND INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE
FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER
IN WASHINGTON D. C. UNDER WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC AND AWIPS HEADER
HSFAT1.

FORECASTER BEVEN


Wilma main thread - Alex - 11-03-2005 06:43 PM

Apparently the radar signatures during the landfall of Wilma's eye formed a "number 2". A friend just passed this link to me: http://www.nbc-2.com/articles/readarticle.asp?articleid=4715&z=3&p=

See also: http://vortex.accuweather.com/adc2004/pub/includes/columns/community/2005/wilma2animbig.gif