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Planet Earth

Hurricane Dean: 918 Millibars, But Not Category 5 (Yet)

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyAugust 21, 2007 1:58 AM

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Here's the latest image of Dean, looking more menacing than ever:

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Yet despite this staggering satellite appearance, the NHC has not yet pronounced the storm a Category 5. However, the last aircraft report put the sea level pressure at 918 millibars--pretty darn low, and the lowest measured for Dean so far. For comparison, 1995's Hurricane Opal had a minimum sea level pressure of 916 millibars--and this made Opal the strongest Atlantic hurricane not to be officially listed as a Cat 5. So I'm still expecting this storm to be named a Category 5 soon enough, presumably at 11 ET. Then again, I could always be wrong. Stand by...

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