We Need To Fully Categorize Hurricanes

Published on 19 Sep 2018, 11:33
The Huffington Post recently reported how the current way meteorologists categorize hurricanes is dangerous, because it leaves out important details. They explained, "Despite such advances, the way we categorize hurricanes has largely remained the same since the 1970s. And that’s a problem. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is what’s used to categorize hurricanes. The problem is that the Saffir-Simpson scale tells experts only what to expect in terms of wind speeds, whereas hurricanes are multihazard phenomena. Yes, high wind speeds can be deadly and costly, and we absolutely want people in harm’s way to be aware and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. However, other hazards ― like storm surge and rainfall ― are equally if not more important to communicate and understand."

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