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- This probability graphic shows a certitude of tropical-storm-force winds (a one-minute average of 39 m.p.h.) in the core of Adrian. On Thursday, the winds were as fast as 75 m.p.h. (Photo: NOAA/NOAA | Date: Jun. 08, 2011)
UPDATE: Adrian sped up today into a major Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 m.p.h. and an internal low pressure of 960 mb. Its forecasted track still takes it far out to sea south of California, though. Here's a GOES-East photo of the beast from today:
ORIGINAL: Late on Wednesday, Hurricane Adrian busted out of a quieter nest-shaped system that used to be a tropical storm. It is the first hurricane of the 2011 season, which many forecasters are predicting will shake the U.S. with windy wrath. You can see the storm southwest of Acapulco in pretty much every conceivable way in the photo gallery above (or here).
Adrian is a bit of a pussycat. Sure, the winds are rushing along at 75 m.p.h. and you certainly wouldn't want to be on a cruise ship nearby; your steamed lobster would be skittering into the filet mignon and your body would be spattered with jus (though some folks might enjoy that). But it's only a Category 1, and its predicted track takes it north and west into waters that will effectively put it down.
Here's what the National Hurricane Center had to say about Adrian yesterday evening:
ALTHOUGH THE INTENSIFICATION PROCESS HAS SLOWED TODAY...ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED AS ADRIAN REMAINS IN A FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT. STEADY...OR EVEN RAPID INTENSIFICATION...IS LIKELY OVER THE NEXT 36 TO 48 HOURS AS ADRIAN REMAINS OVER WATERS OF 29-30 C AND IN A LOW WIND SHEAR ENVIRONMENT. BEYOND THAT TIME...THE OFFICIAL FORECAST TAKES ADRIAN OVER PROGRESSIVELY COOLER WATERS. THE COOLER [SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES] ALONG WITH A MORE STABLE ATMOSPHERE ARE EXPECTED TO PROMOTE WEAKENING.