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?

2 comments:

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.