Environment

Hurricane Felix's Many Records*

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneySep 4, 2007 7:09 PM

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My latest "Storm Pundit" post is up at the Daily Green. Using Wikipedia and outher sources, I've cobbled together the records apparently set or otherwise affected by this storm. It's quite a staggering list:

1. Fastest intensification from a tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane -- around 51 hours. (This is apparently an Atlantic record only.) 2. Second-fastest pressure fall in 12 hours (50 millibars), third-fastest in 24 hours (63 millibars). Again, apparently this is an Atlantic-only record. 3. Thirteenth full Category 5 hurricane landfall in the Atlantic region. Others include 1935's "Labor Day" storm, 1969's Camille, 1992's Andrew, and 2007's Dean. 4. Felix makes 2007 only the fourth known Atlantic hurricane season to have more than one Category 5 hurricane. The others are 1960, 1961, and 2005. 5. Felix makes 2007 the only known Atlantic hurricane season to have two full Category 5 landfalls. 6. Felix makes 2007 the only known Atlantic hurricane season in which the first two storms to reach hurricane status (Dean, Felix) have also reached Category 5 status and gone on to Category 5 landfalls.

And speaking of records, wait for the next post...

* CORRECTION: I originally made a silly error on Category 5 Hurricane landfalls, item 3. According to Wikipedia there have been 13 Cat 5 Atlantic hurricane landfalls on record. Item 3 has been changed to read, "Thirteenth full Category 5 hurricane landfall in the Atlantic region. Others include 1935's "Labor Day" storm, 1969's Camille, 1992's Andrew, and 2007's Dean."

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