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Driest Hurricane In Years!

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JHaislet

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Is it just me, or is Alberto (Trop Storm/Hurricane) one of the driest storms in recent history? Absent some light cloud cover and the line of thunderstorms that rolled through earlier today, where's the hurricane??? ;)

Winds, Check;
Storm Surge, Check;
Rotational Counter-Flow, Check;
Decreasing Pressure, Check;
Defined eye-wall and accompanying torrential rain producing clouds, Negative...

http://www.intellicast.com/IcastPage/LoadPage.aspx?loc=usa&seg=StormCenter&prodgrp=FloaterImagery&product=Float2Loop&prodnav=none&pid=none
 

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It did not impress me (a lifelong resident of hurricane ally) all that much as the OP said it was a rather dry storm. The worst damage it did here in South Georgia was cause all the residents to forget how to drive. I haven't heard this many accidents on the scanner in a long time.
 

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My sister, who lives in Summerfield, FL., said they got about 1/2" of rain, maybe. I think CNN was suffering from a bad case of Post Katrina Panic! Wolf Blitzer was talking to a professional meteorologist who was trying to downplay all the hype, and Wolf kept interrupting him, almost as to beg for a category 5!
 

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Yeah, I too thought it might get bumped up to a Cat 1, as right before I posted this it jumped from 45 to 70mph sustained winds. Also, given the fact that Florida waters tend to be warmest on the shelf that extends a number of miles off-shore from the coast, another slight increase was very plausible as it came within 50 miles of landfall.
 

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But by that point he was already sucking in a LOT of dry air, which minimized the coverage of heavy rain and ate up the central core.

Many in the national media said "at least that wasn't Katrina" -- if we compare every stinking storm to N.O. this is going to be a LONG season...
 

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Agreed, this knee-jerk reaction is actually going to get folks killed. Maybe not this season, but one down the road. If the media keeps crying wolf, people will tune them out just like before N.O.
 

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Fortunately from what I hear it's just the national media, local weathercasters (still the primary source of info for a large majority of people) did not play this up.

- Rob
 

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Uh...Central NC would beg to differ....we are having some pretty big flooding problems in the Raleigh/Wake County area....
 

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It's not a tropical system anymore, it's taken on "regular" low pressure characteristics now. I think the original post was referring to early NHC predictions of widespread torrential rains of 10" in FL, and due to the dry air that choked the system off the rains were only 3-5" and not at all widespread.
 
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