When hurricane Ida approached the Louisiana coast on Sunday morning, meteorologists were stunned to see the storm intensify very rapidly.
Aida’s wind was blowing at 105 mph when IBM’s head of forecast operations for the Americas, Dale Eck, went to bed on Saturday night. This is a category 2 level wind speed. The next morning he saw the wind increase to 150 mph. This is strong enough for Category 4 classification.
“I felt hungry,” he said. “It was one of the worst scenarios.”
The storm has rapidly evolved from the nasty turmoil of the Atlantic Ocean to the most devastating one that has hit Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Ben Gelber, a meteorologist at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, said forecasters were on another cluster of thunderstorms, or obstacles to move west across the Atlantic, before Aida became a named storm on Thursday. He said he had detected what he thought was.
It quickly became apparent that this obstruction was unique, as the wind was hovering in areas that weren’t fast enough to carry the heat of the ocean out of the system, Eck said. .. This created a humid environment that was ideal for heat to stay in the system and for disturbances to intensify into tropical cyclones.
Robert Henson, an independent meteorologist and journalist at Yale Climate Connections, said:
Ida arrived in Cuba on Friday as the lowest Category 1 hurricane of the five hurricane categories. From there, the forecaster knew that the storm would be intensified, and the only question was how bad it would be.
From Saturday to Sunday, the cauldron of weather conditions made Aida a devastating Category 4 storm. The wind rapidly accelerated to 150 mph. A high-pressure air ridge off the southeastern United States has shepherd a storm towards Louisiana. And the water in the Gulf of Mexico is unusually warm and so deep that it means that Aida had plenty of water to cancel to maintain itself.
Benjamin Schott, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in New Orleans, said the fact that the water was still warm was a reason to worry that storms could continue to intensify into low Category 5.
On Twitter, meteorologists across the country warned about how quickly Aida evolved into a huge threat.
“I wish the predictions didn’t come true,” he said. Rick NabThe Weather Channel hurricane expert added that the rapid pre-landing intensification was “a hurricane scenario we were always afraid of.”
Eric BreakA senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center said: This is a very calm morning. “