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Fraser
2006-Jan-20, 10:14 PM
SUMMARY: In this photograph taken by Cassini, two storms are visible raging across the surface of Saturn; they're reaching out and interacting with each other. The larger storm, on the left, is at least 2,500 km (1,600 miles) across, and the smaller storm is about a quarter of its size. They have long threadlike arms reaching out to each other, and it's expected that they merged a few days after this photo was taken.

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GOURDHEAD
2006-Jan-22, 12:01 PM
They have long threadlike arms reaching out to each other, and it's expected that they merged a few days after this photo was taken.
Now that the physics of storm merging has been "strongly indicated", it is frightening to contemplate the merger of two category 5 huricanes just prior to making landfall near a city with the elevation of New Orleans.

ToSeek
2006-Jan-23, 04:03 PM
Now that the physics of storm merging has been "strongly indicated", it is frightening to contemplate the merger of two category 5 huricanes just prior to making landfall near a city with the elevation of New Orleans.

I doubt there's enough energy in the Gulf of Mexico to support two simultaneous cat 5 hurricanes in the same area, but then one cat 5 hitting New Orleans would be bad enough, far worse than Katrina.