While I wouldn't wish Dean on anyone, Louisianians can breathe a little better this afternoon as the GFDL model has come into closer alignment with all of the other models predicting a landfall for Dean on the southern Texas/northern Mexico Coast. Currently Dean remains a category 4 hurricane with initial intensity at 130 kt. Intensity will fluctuate over the next few days as Dean goes through a rapid eyewall replacement cycle. It is likely that Dean will become a Category 5 hurricane somewhere in the northwestern Caribbean and as it approaches the Yucatan. It is consistently proceeding on a west-northwest to west track in the direction of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. For Dean's potential impact on areas in its track see this post by Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground. The NOAA jet is scheduled to fly this afternoon and on Sunday to investigate Dean. For more information see the National Hurricane Center Website.