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Hurricane Earl Track Adjusted Again; Now Category 3

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyAug 30, 2010 3:04 PM

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We've really got to watch this one. Earl is currently exploding in intensity, and as Jeff Masters writes:

Ocean temperatures are a near-record 30°C, and very warm waters extend to great depth, resulting in a total ocean heat content highly favorable for rapid intensification. These nearly ideal conditions for intensification should bring Earl to Category 4 strength by Tuesday morning, and Category 5 is not out of the question. Earl should be able to maintain major hurricane status through Thursday, when it will make its closest approach to North Carolina. Sea surface temperatures are very warm, 29°C, along the U.S. East Coast, and wind shear is expected to remain low through Thursday. By Friday, when Earl will be making its closest approach to New England, wind shear will rise to a high 20 - 30 knots and ocean temperatures will plunge to 20°C, resulting in considerable weakening. Earl will still probably be a Category 2 hurricane on Friday, when it could potentially make landfall in Massachusetts or Nova Scotia, Canada.

I'll keep blogging the storm; check out Masters

, Eric Berger

, and the National Hurricane Center

for more.

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