In a message dated 1/26/2005 8:30:34 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> For all its severity, Charley was a small hurricane, with the
> smallest eye -- five miles wide -- ever to hit the United States,
> Salladé said.
If memory serves, Andrew was also a fairly compact storm. I wonder if
that's an inherent property of the "super hurricanes." Do you have
any information on Camille's size?
But at the same time Charley had electrically connected to it a HUGE amount
of convection to cause 60k+ strikes in three hours. In order to produce the
huge displacement currents that cause the microphysics of clouds to go that
asymmetrical and organize by the point or sphere of charge to low pressure
center, there has to be huge currents. The eye is what we are talking
about--and I suspect that an eye that is small like that cannot hold form long. The
largest eye ever recorded was in the Pacific--about 200 miles across. Isabel
was 25 to 50 miles across.
Andrew also wasn't small in the eye--with FIVE mesovortices as it crossed
Florida. It's the mesovortices that did all the wind damage. Imagine five
tornadoes connected with each other 20 miles across--buzz sawing across
Florida--hardly small if you are near the teeth.
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