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Weather Theme Page for K-3
Introduction to Hurricanes How Hurricanes Form Naming Hurricanes Hurricane Structure Hurricane Classification Tracking Hurricanes Preparing for a Hurricane Landfall, Storm Surges Hurricane Activities Hurricane Glossary

Hurricane Classification and Extremes

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on current maximum wind speed. This rating scale is called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, named for Herb Saffir and Robert Simpson, who developed it. Fortunately, there are very few Category 5 storms; most storms that achieve Category 5 status only hit Category 5 status for a very short time, then the winds subside to a less powerful level. Some of the strongest recent hurricanes (Atlantic Ocean tropical cyclones) that hit Category 5 status include: Links:
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale from the National Hurricane Center.
Most Intense US Hurricanes from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricanes
Introduction to Hurricanes How Hurricanes Form Naming Hurricanes Hurricane Structure Hurricane Classification Tracking Hurricanes Preparing for a Hurricane Landfall, Storm Surges Hurricane Activities Hurricane Glossary


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