Quote: ...Tampa media ran their nifty "VIPIR"- and I know it's probably not designed for hurricane prediction, but I couldn't help but notice something. The VIPIR has Wilma's eye landfall slightly north of NHC official track (not Naples like NHC, somewhere around Ft Myers), HOWEVER, the big rain event appeared to be in the north-northeast quadrant of Wilma, along the I-4 corridor from Tampa, up through Orlando, even with Wilma moving thru at speed.
I've watched Channel 8's VIPIR for two hurricane seasons and it appears that when the storms get closer to us it is pretty accurate. I remember it was showing that change in direction for Charley earlier than any other model, and it was right on as far as the strange jogs that both Jeanne and Frances took when they were over our area. Additionally, this year I noticed that early on it was showing Rita as being farther east (closer to where it landed) when TPC was showing it more west.
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