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Posted: 9/23/2005 8:26:53 PM EDT
When the weatherman says a hurricane is making landfall is he refering to the eye of the hurricane crossing the beach? Or some point of the storm in front of the eye?

Bumblebee(lifelong land lubber)Bob
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:37:09 PM EDT
They're talking about the center of the eye making landfall. At least thats what this land lubber has learned watching all this coverage.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:39:58 PM EDT
It's my understanding they refer to the eye. Not much else for reference, the damn thing's HUNDREDS of miles in diameter.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:42:11 PM EDT
The winds are strongest surrounding the eye, so that's why they watch where it hits. The most damage occurs from those winds, but the dirty side is also extremely bad.

Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:50:07 PM EDT
So it's the wall of the eye, or the center? I would guess the wall of the eye.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:51:48 PM EDT
Inside the eye, nothing is happening. It's calm, serene and dull. Just NEXT to the eye is where the most serious action is taking place.

Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:53:22 PM EDT
No...... they are referring to the leading edge of the eye touching land.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:54:41 PM EDT
When a hurricane makes landfall, that area has already experienced half of the hurricane.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:55:43 PM EDT
Cool! Thanks guys.

Now I can say I learned something today.
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