|Predicting the Unpredictable|
Part 3: Nature’s Fury
By Sar Perlman — August 2003
“While the forecasts were quite good, the results were still horrific—and those sobering thoughts and tragic memories factor into each forecast that I make today,” he says. “People should always remember that we are no match for nature’s fury and that they need to take appropriate action should that time ever come.”
wind speeds of less than 34 knots
Hurricanes are further categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale:
Category One: 64
to 82 knots
It is thought the first use of a proper name for a tropical cyclone was by an Australian forecaster early in the 20th century, who named tropical cyclones after political figures whom he disliked. The practice caught on—although leaving politics out of it—and today most cyclones, except for those that form in the West Pacific or North Indian Oceans, are given proper names.
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.