Reconstructing the Path of Hurricane Isabel Using Wind And Pressure Data
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The path of Hurricane Isabel was reconstructed using the variables pressure, wind speed, and wind direction. The 36-hour time period between 12AM on September 18, 2003 and 12PM on September 19, 2003 was selected for formal analysis and separated into six six-hour time periods. Maps were constructed for average pressure, average wind speed, average wind direction, pressure range, and wind speed range in order to display Hurricane Isabel's path. Maps displaying average pressure revealed the path of Isabel through the lowest average pressure values and maps displaying high average wind speed values and counter-clockwise circulation displayed the general circulation of Hurricane Isabel after landfall. All three variables were necessary to get an accurate picture of Hurricane Isabel's path.