CNN is calling Hurricane Patricia "The Most Dangerous Hurricane in History." Another news outlet showed a picture of the hurricane and pointed out "The Enormous Size of Hurricane Patricia." Both of these are wrong. Size matters with hurricanes. A category 5 hurricane that is twice as large as another category 5 hurricane is "more dangerous" all else being equal, and by "all else" I mean things like exactly where it hits, how fast it is moving, exactly how strong it is (category 5 includes a very wide range of wind speeds because it is the highest category). Hurricane Patricia is not huge. Patricia is very dangerous, has a very low pressure center and very strong winds, both being at or near record breaking levels. But the hurricane is small. Here's a VERY rough size comparison between two of the well known and very large hurricanes that I just slapped together: The larger hurricanes will cover more area with their dangerous winds, may have a more extensive storm tide, and will very … [Read more...] about A word of caution about Hurricane Patricia
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A HURRICANE is a tropical storm with winds above 74 miles per hour that occurs in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans. The same weather system is called a cyclone in the Indian Ocean and a typhoon in the western Pacific Ocean. What has been the deadliest? The Great Hurricane of 1780 is regarded as being the deadliest on record and resulted in the death of 20,000 people. The hurricane occurred before the advent of modern storm tracking technology so many details are unclear, such as its exact strength and where it originated. It is, however, believed to have first made landfall on October 10 in Barbados, where it killed 4,500 people, before sweeping over much of the rest of the Caribbean. The hurricane stripped the bark off trees and left none standing on the island and meteorologists have estimated the damage was caused by winds in excess of 200 mph. There were also reports of heavy cannons being thrown 100 feet into the air. As well as Barbados, Martinique and St. Lucia … [Read more...] about What are the biggest hurricanes in history? From Hurricane Wilma to Hurricane Katrina
Jeff Martin, Associated Press Updated 2:15 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2005, file photo, homes remain surrounded by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Some experts are concerned that Hurricane Florence could inflict damage comparable to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in a part of the country that is famously difficult to evacuate, months after disaster planners simulated a Category 4 Hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-word scenario now unfolding on a stretch of the East Coast. less FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2005, file photo, homes remain surrounded by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Some experts are concerned that Hurricane Florence could inflict damage ... more Photo: David J. Phillip, AP In this Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2018 photo provided by DroneBase, waves crash along Avon, N.C., in the … [Read more...] about In simulation, Category 4 hurricane devastated East Coast
Thousands of people were without power as Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border. The National Hurricane center said Gordon struck about 10 p.m. and the storm is forecast to quickly weaken as it moves inland across Mississippi, Louisiana and into Arkansas through Thursday. It did not reach hurricane status. Gordon strengthened some in the final hours as it neared the central Gulf Coast, clocking top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center said Gordon's tight core was about 30 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, or about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Mobile, Alabama, where heavy rains and winds picked up shortly before nightfall. More than 27,000 customers are without power Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Gordon began pushing ashore. Those outages are mostly in coastal Alabama and include the western tip of the Florida Panhandle around Pensacola, with a few hundred in southeastern … [Read more...] about Gordon Makes Landfall, Expected to Weaken as It Moves Inland
LAST year was one of the worst hurricane seasons in recent memory with a quick-fire series of devastating storms wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and southern United States. Here is our guide to how hurricanes form and an explanation of the different categories used to rate their destructive power. What is a hurricane and how do they form? A hurricane is another name for a tropical cyclone - a powerful storm that forms over warm ocean waters near the equator. Those arising in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific are called hurricanes, while those in the western Pacific and Indian ocean are dubbed typhoons or cyclones. North of the equator they spin anticlockwise because of the rotation of the earth. They turn the opposite way in the southern hemisphere. Cyclones are like giant weather engines fuelled by water vapour as it evaporates from the sea. Warm, moist air rises away from the surface, creating a low pressure system that sucks in air from surrounding areas - which in turn is warmed … [Read more...] about What causes hurricanes, what’s the strongest category and when is the Atlantic hurricane season?