Post by george of the jungle
"ALEX HAS BECOME ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS TONIGHT. THE HURRICANE HAS
MAINTAINED A WELL-DEFINED 15 NMI DIAMETER EYE DIRECTLY IN THE
CENTER OF A CDO PATTERN WITH WELL-ESTABLISHED CIRCULAR OUTFLOW IN
ALL QUADRANTS. THIS HAS RESULTED IN DVORAK SATELLITE INTENSITY
ESTIMATES OF T5.5...OR 102 KT FROM BOTH TAFB AND AFWA...A DATA-T
NUMBER OF T6.0...OR 115 KT FROM TAFB...A RAW ODT VALUE OF T5.7...OR
108 KT AT 05/0015Z...AND A 3-HR AODT AVERAGE OF T5.6...OR 105 KT.
THE AVERAGE OF ALL THESE INTENSITY ESTIMATES IS 106 KT...SO THE
INITIAL INTENSITY IS SET AT 105 KT. THIS MAKES ALEX THE STRONGEST
MAJOR HURRICANE ON RECORD TO DEVELOP NORTH OF 38N LATITUDE...WITH
HURRICANE ELLEN IN 1973 COMING IN SECOND AT 100 KT. THOSE ARE THE
ONLY TWO HURRICANES ON RECORD TO REACH MAJOR HURRICANE STRENGTH AT
SUCH A HIGH LATITUDE. HOWEVER...THIS SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISING GIVEN
THAT SSTS ARE RUNNING MORE THAN 2C ABOVE AVERAGE IN THAT AREA."
The shouting is justified. This should bring some surf to Europe and
N Africa as well as New England. Reports encouraged.
A beautiful sight that eye. Despite the beauty he didn't send a whole
lot of punch to the DelMarVa... reports were better in northern NJ.
Nonetheless, it was nice to catch some TS swell in warm waters, sunny
skies and light offshores. First session trunkin' it since Hawaii this
Avoided the major fish kill spots from southern DE through Assateague.
Did get some limited test drives on the loaner side bites for my new
board -- the ones marketed with the turbo tunnel fin. The Futures SB3 325
that came with the board are simply too large -- need something about
1/2" smaller, preferable made of fiberglass to fit the Futures box.
Bring on the SPF!