Saturday, October 1, 2016

10/1/16 Report (Part I) - Hurricane Matthew Hit Category 5 Strength. High Surf Predicted for Treasure Coast.

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This is one strong hurricane.  It was for a while a category 5 but fell back to a level 4 last night.

Below is an excerpt form Wikepedia explaining what a category five hurricane is.

The Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS), formerly the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale (SSHS), classifies hurricanes – Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the intensities of tropical depressions and tropical storms  – into five categories distinguished by the intensities of their sustained winds. To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph (33 m/s; 64 kn; 119 km/h) (Category 1). The highest classification in the scale, Category 5 is reserved for storms with winds exceeding 156 mph (70 m/s; 136 kn; 251 km/h).

The list of Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes encompasses 31 tropical cyclones that reached Category 5 strength on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale within the Atlantic Ocean (north of the equator), Carribean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes of such intensity are somewhat infrequent in the Atlantic basin, occurring only once every three years on average.

Of course the track isn't certain.  It could vary from what is now predicted.  I'm hoping it stays well out in the Atlantic.  I don't want to have to deal with that thing hitting us.  If it does stay on track, we still could get some real big surf.  Below is the surf predication from Magic Seaweed.

Very High Surf Predicted For Treasure Coast Thursday.
That is way bigger than anything we've had for quite a while.  Of course those predictions could change too.

We'll just have to keep watching and hoping we don't have to shutter everything up and tie everything down.

I think I'll have a two part post today.  I have some other things to post but don't want to mix it in with all of this hurricane news.  I might have more for you later today.

For now,

Happy hunting.