I'm not sure that dry air is that big of a problem for Rita right now... the main issue is the disorganized state of the inner core of the storm. It appears to still have some opportunity to intensify in the short term, since there is little sign of shear affecting the storm and the outflow is excellent for now. However, if it remains stuck in an endless cycle of ERCs, any deepening would be minimal and the max winds will end up being less than what the pressure would indicate.
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