Meteorolgists learn from Hurricane Ike

ieve the storm would intensify. For reasons still unknown, it didn't. 'The low pressure could have supported stronger winds,' said Ian Giammanco, field coordinator for a hurricane re-search team at Texas Tech. A possible explanation for why Ike didn't reach its full potential is that within the storm, the distribution of pressure gradients was broad enough to stabilize the winds, he added. Tex

Written by: Jessica Behnham

Everybody knows the bad news about Hurricane Ike, billed as the third most destructive storm to hit the U.S. coast, ranking just behind Katrina and Andrew.

The good news is that it could have been even worse.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Sweeney called Ike "a storm in its own class," defying forecasters' at-tempts to predict how it would develop.

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