The Hurricanes of 2017

[2019.09.20] Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 (almost 5) hurricane. Prior to Maria were Jose and Katia.

[2019.09.09] Via BusinessInsider.com: This is the first time on record that the Atlantic has had two simultaneous storms with sustained wind speeds over 150 mph.

[2017.09.07] Hurricane Harvey was bad and it appears as is Hurricane Irma could be just as bad. 2017.09.05 headline: "Hurricane Irma, Packing 185-M.P.H. Winds, Makes Landfall in Caribbean."

[2017.08.25] Via SeekingAlpha.com: "Hurtling towards Texas, meteorologists are forecasting that Harvey could be a Category 3 'major hurricane' when it makes landfall 'late Friday or early Saturday.'"

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1st and it lasts through November 30th.

This BAB will get updated every time a storm gets named; however, the BAB's primary interest is in hurricanes.

This BAB was created after Tropical Storm Cindy was named on 20 June 2017. First two named storms were Tropical Storms Arlene (19 April 2017) and Bret (16 June 2017).

Future 2017 names: Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia,Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney.

Hurricanes are assigned a category using the following table.

   category      winds (mph)      storm surge (feet above normal)
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   1              74- 95           4- 5
   2              96-110           6- 8
   3             111-130           9-12 
   4             131-155          13-18
   5             above 155        above 18
Exercises
  1. No or Yes: The category of a hurricane is a function of its wind speed.

  2. No or Yes: The exact wind speed of a hurricane is a function of its category.

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 20 June 2017

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