Hurricane Wilma

Jeff Mathers has a weblog where he analyzes the various Atlantic weather patterns. It is incredibly interesting. Of course, given the extraordinary 2005 storm season, the recent posts have been particularly enlightening.

Hurricane Wilma has proven to be an incredibly unique storm. Wilma strengthened from a Category 1 to Category 5 hurricane in something near 24 hours and has produced the lowest pressure ever recorded in an Atlantic hurricane.

How do the forecasters know the pressure? There is a hurricane hunter plane that flies through the eye of the hurricane. From Jeff’s current post on Wilma:

… It’s amazing the hurricane hunters were even able to penetrate the eye–it’s really tough to hit a 2 mile wide eye when you’re flying crabbed over at a 30 degree yaw angle fighting horizontal flight level winds of 185 mph and severe turbulence. This is an incredibly compact, amazingly intense hurricane, the likes of which has never been seen in the Atlantic. …

Holy crap! That sounds like one hell of a ride! Anyone know anyone that can get me a seat on just such a plane?

(Yeah, my spelling sucks. At least I was consistent.)

6 Responses to “Hurricane Wilma”

  1. Eric Peyton says:

    I think the only way to get on that plane is a stint in the US Air Force, meteorological division. Have fun Bill!

  2. Matt says:

    How many ants are in this “Antlantic” Ocean? If they became mammals, would it be the “Antlactic” Ocean?

    These are the things I wonder. Yes, this explains a lot.

  3. anon says:

    cnn covered the plane. It didn’t look like a wild ride. There might
    be a video in there some where.

  4. David Lehn says:

    Read his fascinating Hunting Hugo story before stepping on that plane.

  5. Matt says:

    I kind of liked the ants, though. Hurricanes aren’t as fascinating to those of us who grew up around tornadoes, but I still marvel at the ants.

  6. Tito says:

    It sure looks like a wild ride! You can read a bit more here:


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