Quote: Amazing how the pressure dropped over land. Must be the Wilma syndrome. SST's in the everglades are high in shallow water so it's keeping him up. I think easterly shear kept him in check till landfall. Maybe, but I doubt it, that the cat4 hurricane hugging Mexico took some energy out of ernesto. Sure seems more of a El Nino year even though it's not officially. Everyone be prepared this ain't the last.
Wilma went all the way up to a CAT5, I fail to see how its anything like Ernesto.
As for the pressure drop it was pretty minimal. He was still over better than dry land and starting to strengthen a bit so that probably explains it.
I see from the NHC track that he's going to coming to my area around sunday. I live in the great lakes basin so we should get a CRAPLOAD of rain from it. Hopefully he doesn't slow down.
I think what Lonny meant by the Wilma syndrome was the fact that Wilma came ashore on the SW FL coast as a Cat 2 (if I'm remembering correctly) expected to weaken but in fact maintained her strength crossing the state and before the eyewall completely exited the coastline approached Cat 3 status. The northern portion of the eyewall passed over us here in martin county and we didn't lose power until the back side of the eywall hit us where winds were significantly stronger as the eye started moving offshore.
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