I guess looks can be deceiving, as Emily definitely looked weaker to me over the last couple hours than earlier today...
From 5PM discussion: WHILE WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THE COLD WAKE THAT HURRICANES LEAVE BEHIND...IT APPEARS THAT HURRICANE DENNIS HAS ACTUALLY MADE PORTIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA WARMER...AND HENCE MORE FAVORABLE FOR THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF EMILY.
How could this be? If Dennis churned up water from below the surface, the SSTs should be colder (as we always talk about)... but, Dennis made things warmer. Dennis strenghtened over water, acquirong latent heat as water vapor condensed.... Evaporation (to sustain water vapor concentrations) is a cooling process... please explain how Dennis warmed the water.... only thing I can think of is he peed in it... (kidding).
Nevermind, in my haste to pose such a thoughful question... and consider the laws of thermodynamics... I must have skimmed over the answer.... WESTERLY WINDS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF DENNIS HAVE SPREAD WARM WATERS FROM THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN EASTWARD TO THE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST OF JAMAICA
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