A Category 6 Storm? If The Scale Went That High, Hurricane Dorian Would Be One
A Category 6 Storm? If The Scale Went That High, Hurricane Dorian Would Be One by Michael Snyder for End of the American Dream
Hurricane Dorian is already setting all sorts of records, and it hasn’t even reached the United States yet. As I write this article, this “lawnmower from the sky” is ripping through the Bahamas with immense fury. The east coast could potentially be the next target, and widespread evacuations have already been ordered all along the Florida coastline, and that even includes President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. For many years, there has been a tremendous amount of debate in the scientific community about whether we should add a new category to the Saffir Simpson scale because of how powerful hurricanes are becoming. Many meteorologists have advocated adding a “Category 6” or even a “Category 7” to the scale, and without a doubt the power of Hurricane Dorian will almost certainly renew that debate. And as you will see below, if the scale had already been expanded, Hurricane Dorian would likely be considered to be a “Category 6” storm right now.
Let’s start with what we already know. According to the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian currently has maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour…
LOCATION...26.6N 77.3W ABOUT 95 MI...150 KM E OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND ABOUT 175 MI...280 KM E OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...185 MPH...295 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...910 MB...26.88 INCHES
We are also being told that wind gusts “exceeding 220 mph” have been detected, and at this point Dorian has already become far more powerful than most of the models were anticipating.
So how does this storm stack up against some of the other monster storms in recent history?
Well, according to Weather Underground, Dorian has already tied the all-time record for “strongest landfalling Atlantic hurricane”…
Dorian is now tied for having the second-highest winds of any Atlantic hurricanes on record:
1. 190 mph (Allen 1980)
2. 185 mph (Dorian 2019, Labor Day 1935, Gilbert 1988, Wilma 2005)
3. 180 mph (Mitch 1998, Rita 2005, Irma 2017)
4. 175 mph (11 storms, including Maria 2017, Katrina 2005, Andrew 1992, Camille 1969)
Dorian is tied for strongest landfalling Atlantic hurricane on record:
1. 185 mph: Dorian 2019 (Bahamas), Labor Day 1935 (Florida Keys)
2. 180 mph: Irma 2017 (Barbuda, St. Martin, British Virgin Islands)
3. 175 mph: Camille 1969 (Mississippi), Janet 1955 (Mexico), Dean 2007 (Mexico), David 1979 (Dominican Republic), Anita 1977 (Mexico)
And if it gets just a little bit stronger, it could potentially have the strongest winds that we have seen in any Atlantic hurricane ever.
On the Saffir Simpson scale, hurricanes with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph to 156 mph are considered to be “Category 4 storms”, and any storm with sustained winds of 157 mph or greater is considered to be a “Category 5 storm”.