Steve Gregory over at wunderground's weather blog is
awfully impressed with Rita, calling it the perfect storm
and pointing out that he's never seen the computer models
predict an intensity so strong before. One intensity forcast
brings the storm to 180 knots, which is approximately
In the 6 hours I just slept, the model guidance has shifted
right 30 miles at least, with some of the models moving
much more towards Louisiana. Our plans have changed
as well, a neighbor that is staying here in Katy will watch
the dog, and we're flying to my sister's in New Mexico.
This is probably a good idea now, much better than lafayette
since several tracks now take the storm to the sabine river
while they are leaving the track guidance near to galveston,
on the 'west edge' of the model envelope. gah!
Good luck to all.