remember back in 1989, I burned a week
of precious vacation time saved up to plot this famous Hurricane at home on Pensacola Beach.
We had a huge ground swell as Gilbert moved across the Yucatan Channel.
Remember these were the days without internet . 16 years later I would get
fly on the same NOAA P3.
On September 13, 1988 the pressure in
Hurricane Gilbert was
measured at 888 millibars, at the time the lowest pressure on record in the
Atlantic, Caribbean, & Gulf of Mexico. This NOAA photo is a visible image taken as Gilbert moved WNW south of Cuba at2201 GMT. I've linked it to a larger image so you can appreciate
the tightly wrapped eye and near perfect symmetry. Click on the photo to