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Hurricane question

This is somewhat off-topic, but...
I have a question about how they measure hurricanes.

The press reported that Wilma broke records with the lowest measured pressure for an Atlantic storm.

Here is how the Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) put it:

Hurricane Wilma doesn't stop making history: It is the strongest, most intense Atlantic hurricane in terms of barometric pressure and the most rapidly strengthening on record.


Why do they specify 'Atlantic hurricane'? Are other hurricanes/cyclones measured differently? Would the pressure not be comparable?

Some asides:
Yes, I'm a weather nut. I am just fascinated with the weather. I always have been. Yes, I actually watch The Weather Channel for fun!

Despite the implications of these massive storms -- the death and distruction that they can wreak -- from a scientific standpoint, is there anything more amazing? NASA ususally posts amazing photographs of these monster storms. They have one taken from the Space Station. Here is the link to the stand alone photo, because they update the Space Station page regularly. And here is NASA's hurricane page. And if you get into this stuff, be sure to check out this amazing animation that NASA pulled together.

Another aside: A CJD-fav, Poynter's Al Tompkins, posts about hurricane pressure today and has some interesting links for more information about hurricanes.

Yet another aside: Here is an interesting Reuters article that warns there isn't too much history to these measurements.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Oct 20, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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