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Press Release 05-165

Seeing Into the Eye of Hurricane Rita

Weather model advances hurricane intensity prediction

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NCAR models the development of southeastern hurricanes once or twice daily.

NCAR's Advanced Research WRF projects an outlook for the development of hurricanes approaching the southeastern United States once or twice daily. This image displays a prediction of Hurricane Rita's status by 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Wednesday, September 21, based on observed conditions reported at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 20. The high resolution (2.5 miles or 4 kilometers) provides a detailed look at rainbands, intensity, and other important features.

Credit: National Center for Atmospheric Research, ARW


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Damage caused by the Galveston hurricane of 1900 is the worst in U.S history.

Damage caused by the Galveston hurricane of 1900 is the worst in U.S. history.

Credit: NOAA


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This part of Slidell, La., was flattened by Hurricane Katrina.

This part of Slidell, La., was flattened by Hurricane Katrina.

Credit: FEMA


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