21 September 2005

When it rains, it pours...

Could this just be a coincidence?

Category 5 is the highest on the scale, and only three Category 5 hurricanes are known to have hit the U.S. mainland — most recently, Andrew, which smashed South Florida in 1992.

Am I reading this right? Only three cat. 5 hurricanes have hit the mainland and 2 of these this year and one 13 years ago. I realize there are other possible explanations but this wouldn't have anything to do with global warming, would it?


StealthBadger said...

Fortunately Katrina was only Cat4 when she hit the coast, though she was at Cat5 for a while in the Gulf. http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2005-08-31-Katrina-intensity_x.htm

By pressure at the eye (the greater energy in the storm's rotation, the lower the eye's barometric pressure), Katrina was stronger than Andrew, but Andrew had a higher wind speed at landfall.

This just means Katrina was hauling more water and debris around.

Karlo said...

So the article I saw was technically wrong. Thats for the comment.