Dean…Beautiful Pictures, Ugly Storm

The satellite pictures of hurricane Dean are spectacularly beautiful, from a meteorological viewpoint, in stark contrast to the ugly destruction the storm produces along its path. Dean, by the way, was one of only 10 known storms to make landfall in the Atlantic basin as a category 5 storm. The list of cat. 5 landfalls:

Dean, Aug. 21, 2007, near Majahual, Mexico
Andrew, Aug. 24, 1992, near Homestead, Florida
Gilbert, Sep. 14, 1988, Cancun, Mexico
Edith, Sep. 9, 1971, Nicaragua
Camille, Aug. 17, 1969, Mississippi
Janet, Sep. 28, 1955, Chetumal, Mexico
Unnamed, Sep. 16, 1947, Bahamas
Labor Day Storm, Sep. 3, 1935, Florida Keys
Unnamed, Sep. 5, 1932, Bahamas
San Felipe-Okeechobee Storm, Sep. 13, 1928, Puerto Rico

Posted here is a picture of Dean from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Environmental Visualization Program as it made landfall near Majahual, Mexico around 4am EDT.

Tom Tasselmyer

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