Blinhart wrote:txwatcher91 wrote:crm6360 wrote:You have to love their rationale for maintaining hurricane status: "There might be hurricane gusts somewhere that the plane hasn't sampled... so you know, we just can't rule out that possibility."
Highest FL winds I saw were around 65kts.. with such shallow convection and based on dropsonde data, surface winds are 55-60mph max. I understand keeping the public aware but fudging the numbers when recon data doesn't support a hurricane isn't a good idea either.
I think post season analysis of Jose there will be a lot of changes to intensity and type of system he is/was will be all over the place. We can see him upgraded to a Cat 5 for some time, then change from Hurricane for the past 48 hours to Sub-Tropical Storm.
I agree in post season they will probably do so.. but the past 24 hours this has had no evidence of hurricane force winds from recon. With weak convection and rising pressure combined with FL winds barely at hurricane force there really is no reason for this to still be labeled a hurricane anymore... It is a moderate TS or subtropical storm at best right now with 60mph winds.