You’ve seen it everywhere: Irma is the strongest hurricane EVER in the Atlantic. What they aren’t telling you is that they aren’t listing hurricanes that formed in the Gulf of Mexico or the Carribean (like Harvey and Matthew) even though they are considered part of the Atlantic Ocean.
Other sites aren’t including hurricanes that formed prior to the naming system, which was formalized in 1953. News sites claim this is what NOAA’s National Hurricane Center is telling them.
Remember Hurricane Matthew that shimmied up Florida’s eastern coast last year? That developed east of the Lesser Antilles in the Carribean. Did news sites and media outlets make the distinction that it wasn’t an actual Atlantic Hurricane? What about Harvey, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico? On or off the list?
We also only have hurricane records going back to 1851, even though they have been striking the country long before settlers arrived. Left-wing rags are touting that global warming is making hurricanes worse. It isn’t. We just came off a 12-year hurricane drought.
The most active decade for hurricanes was in the 1880s, with 25 making landfall.
Here’s how Irma ranks in wind speed (ALL Atlantic hurricanes):
Here’s how Irma is ranked according to its pressure (this is the preferred method for measuring a hurricane’s intensity since wind speed methodology is highly subjective and has changed over the decades):
Where’s Irma on the list? Her pressure is too high, hovering between 914 and 920. This was from this afternoon:
Only three Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall since 1924, the last in 1992 (Andrew). It’s good to be prepared for any impending disaster. It’s just too bad the media consistently lie to us in order to boost ratings and page views.