An interesting hurricane season so far...
Unusual, is the area of formation for many of the recent storms; much further south than normal. Felix is a prime example, after barreling into Nicaragua and Honduras as a category 5.
A few other stats on this dangerous storm:
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.
Dr. Gray has also updated his latest forecast for the season; He is now calling for three more Atlantic hurricanes in September, one of them intense (Category 3-5).
Two more hurricanes in October-November, including yet another intense one. The total forecast (including Felix as a September storm) is for 9 more named storms, five more hurricanes, and two more intense hurricanes.
Looks like it will be an interesting September!
Also, is Gabrielle just around the corner for the east coast?? Jeff has the details.