Saturday, September 3, 2011

Center of Lee Appears to Be Making Landfall

After wobbling along the coast for most of the day, the radar image above seems to indicate that the center of Tropical Storm Lee is about to make landfall just North of the Vermillion Oil Platform along the Louisiana coast.  

The latest observation from the platform shows a barometric pressure reading of 28.95 inches of mercury, as shown on the graph below:

As I pointed out in a more detailed post earlier today, the location of the center of Lee is really not that significant (other than for obtaining the minimum pressure reading) as strong, gusty winds and very heavy rain extend well out in all directions from the center.

While we're talking about the center, you may have noticed the small red dot on the above radar image.  I've circled it in red on the same image below just in case you can't see it:

That was the location of the center of Lee at about 8:30 a.m. CDT this morning.  As you can see, the center is actually making landfall some 30-35 miles West/Northwest of that location at this time (as noted by the small red "x" along the coast to the North of the Vermillion oil platform).  That illustrates what I mean by saying that Lee has been "wobbling" along the coast today.  The actual movement of the center has been erratic at times.

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