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Comments of and replies to the
National Hurricane Center Best-Track Change Committee
January 2005

NHC Best Track Change Committee - 12 January 2005
(Responses to NHC given in < > and indented - CWL - 31 January)

The committee has considered the second-round comments provided by Landsea 
et al. for the period 1911-1914.  While we are in general agreement, the 
following points remain.

1912 #7  Concerning the Trinidad discussion, does your response indicate 
that a squall over Trinidad was investigated, but found not relevant to 
this case?   Please clarify your response. 

   < While the wave that went through the Lesser Antilles on the 6th and 
     7th may have been associated with the tropical disturbance that 
     later formed into a tropical storm on the 11th, it appears unlikely 
     that the squall that impacted Trinidad on the 9th had any direct 
     association with the subsequent tropical cyclone.  This is now
     clarified in the metadata writeup. >

1913 #5  Uncertainties of measurement notwithstanding,  the committee still 
feels that the data (WSW 60 kt ship and 992 mb pressure) support a low-end 
category 1 hurricane at the time of landfall.  Also please note that 
significant structural damage would not be expected in such a case.  In 
fact the light damage reported (poles, wires, fences, tree limbs down) 
seems consistent with a category 1.   
   < Agreed.  This system is now upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane at 
     peak intensity and at landfall in South Carolina. >
   < In addition to the responses to the above two systems, new information
     was obtained on from the publication "Resena Meteorologica" provided
     by Dr. Ramon Perez in Havana on two systems that impacted Cuba in 1911
     and 1913.  The first - for storm #6, 1911 - provide observations to 
     extend the track back to the 26th just east of Cuba as a tropical
     depression.  See revised spreadsheet, metadata, and track map for 
     revisions on this system. The second - which was in the Additional 
     Notes section - is now added in as a new tropical storm into HURDAT 
     for 1913, #6 that impacted Cuba as a strong tropical storm. >

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