Flying on NASA’s DC 8 through Hurricane Earl:
Once reorganized, Earl reached its peak intensity on September 2 with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/h) and a barometric pressure of 927 mbar. Executing a gradual curve to the northeast, the hurricane slowly weakened over decreasing sea surface temperatures; the storm’s center passed roughly 85 mi (140 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on September 3. Accelerating northeastward, Earl briefly weakened to a tropical storm before retaining hurricane strength as it made landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia. After traversing the island, the hurricane transitioned into an extratropical cyclone before being absorbed by a larger low pressure area on September 6, north of Newfoundland.
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