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Do we need a new hurricane category?

More powerful hurricanes are due to higher sea temperatures. Now that the earth is warming up, do we need a category 6 on the hurricane scale?

Higher sea temperatures will in the future lead to more powerful hurricanes and more super typhoons.

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The American categories for tropical hurricanes in the Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific indicate the extent of the expected destruction.

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Because today's highest category, Category 5, is "devastating," we don't need Category 6, although the researchers expect hurricanes to become 5 percent more powerful in the future.

The first seven 'category 6 hurricanes' have caught us

Currently the hurricane scale goes up to 288 km / h in the most turbulent minute. If a category 6 were introduced, the limit would be for winds that have an average speed of more than 288 km / h for one minute.

Seven hurricanes have already been registered above the Atlantic Ocean that would fall into that category. In 2017, Hurricane Irma reached wind speeds of 295 km / h.

Another category 6 hurricane is the super typhoon Haiyan, who hit the Philippines in 2013 with winds of 315 km / h.

The new limit is above 288 km / h

Average wind measured during one minute

  • Category 1: 119-153 km / h
  • Category 2: 154-177 km / h
  • Category 3: 178-208 km / h
  • Category 4: 209-251 km / h
  • Category 5: 252-288 km / h
  • EVT. CATEGORY 6 > 288 km / h

Video: Hurricane Dorian Could Hit Florida As a Category 4 Storm. Storm Team 4 (January 2020).

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