SEP 21, 2005 5:15PM CDT
RECON Report 904mb -- -10mb drop in 1 hour -- that is a record.
Eye 20NM across - (Katrina's lowest pressure was 902mb)
Thermal eyewall; 21°deg / location 24.4N/.86.5W -HEADING 280° 9KTS...
...RITA EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 5 - 914MB PRESSURE
The latest RECON, and confirmed measurements from NHC - report RITA's central pressure is now down to 914mb. MAX sustained flight winds are 161Kts, with sustained surface winds of 165mph -=- and gusts to 185mph. The thermal eyewall temp difference is an astounding 21°C The pressure has been dropping at 6mb/hr which may be s some form of record of it's own. Furthermore, there are no signs yet that Rita has finished intensifying.
Things being what they are, I think Making Light makes a pretty good news aggregator for storm coverage.
I don't think anybody needs a lecture about getting the hell out of the way of this thing. And those of us out of the way already, we know what we need to do.