That radar can be a bit deceiving. Carla passed about 170 miles south of Galveston. That radar picture was taken when the center was about 180 miles from Galveston's radar (26.5N/94.5W). Because of attenuation and the surface of the earth curving away from the radar beam, you're seeing only half the hurricane. Looks like TS force winds have already moved ashore north of Galveston at 180 miiles from the center. That's a monster of a hurricane.
I agree, and have consistently on most of those points. Regarding the size, again, bear in mind also that tropical storm force winds have been found as far as 230 miles from the center of Katrina, as per the NHC's own 6:00 CDT advisory on the storm dated 8/29--quite a monster in its own right. And Rita's intensity (as well as highes peak winds) were even greater than that.
while I also admit the 931 isn't the result of a continuous stream, the pattern of pressure measurements are readily available..the 931 was near landfall, and prior to that was a 935 6 hours before that. Could she have dipped much below 931 and then risen back to that point all within those 6 hours while moving ashore
?--possible, I suppose; but the pattern doesn't support much of a dip, if any. The data on her pressure readings were there enough to show 935 6 hrs before that landfall and actually 936 while at all Cat 5 readings...Anyway, we're arguing/discussing in a vacuum, and frankly I think we both agree on most points. Each storm was very large in size, and at their peak, quite intense. All the rest is perspective based upon what data one looks at, and how they interpret them. Like MGC, I remember Nash reporting on her (think I even dropped his name earlier
); but people in the bend of Florida were receiving cirrus outflow from Katrina, as were folks on the Yucatan... that is no small storm by any stretch of the imagination. Both of these not so lady-like ladies, were quite huge.