A Scary Intensification Record for Hurricane Felix

The Intersection
By Chris Mooney
Sep 3, 2007 10:48 PMNov 5, 2019 10:18 AM


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Here's a detail that I missed:

Felix now holds the record for shortest time for an Atlantic storm to intensify to Category 5 strength. Felix required just 51 hours to reach Category 5 strength after it started as a tropical depression. That is a truly remarkable intensification rate, considering most tropical cyclones take 3-5 days to organize into a Category 1 hurricane.

As I said in my last post--you can look at these anomalies and just shrug, but Thomas Kuhn knew well that if you get enough anomalies, you sometimes get a paradigm shift.

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