Time to replace the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale?
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 87, Issue 1, pages 3–6, 3 January 2006
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2006), Time to replace the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale?, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(1), 3–6, doi:10.1029/2006EO010003.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The 2005 hurricane season set many new records, including the most named storms (26) and the most hurricanes in a season (14). Of the four hurricanes that made landfall in the U.S., three (Katrina, Rita, and Wilma) reached Category 5, struck the Gulf Coast, and inflicted severe damage and loss of life. Hurricane Wilma had an observed sealevel center pressure of 882 millibar (mbar) at its peak and is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Katrina damaged vast areas along the Mississippi coast, flooded large parts of New Orleans, and is the most destructive hurricane on record