Hurricane Season

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

The Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS),  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.

  • Tropical depression: The first stage of a tropical weather event is called a tropical depression. Meteorologists sometimes refer to these formations as a tropical wave, disturbance, feature, system or disturbance. Tropical depressions are cyclones with winds that gust at 38 miles per hour (33 knots) or less. While cyclones aren’t as strong as tropical storms or hurricanes, they can bring significant amounts of rain, thunderstorms and devastating floods.
  • Tropical storm: Meteorologists upgrade a tropical depression to a tropical storm when the cyclone’s circulation is more organized and has sustained wind speeds of 39 to 73 miles per hour (34 to 63 knots). Tropical storms produce large amounts of rain, and can cause enough wind and wave activity to damage boats and erode beaches. When a weather event qualifies as a tropical storm, meteorologists categorize it according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Beaufort Wind Scale

The Beaufort scale is an empirical measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or on land.

EF Ratings Wind Speeds

The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF-Scale) rates the intensity of tornadoes in the United States and Canada based on the damage they cause.

Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories

Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories - The NWS defines a severe thunderstorm as any storm that produces one or more of the following elements:
1. A tornado
2. Damaging winds or speeds of 58 mph (50 knots) or greater.
3. Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.

Hurricane Watch Net

Hurricane Watch Net
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Amateur Radio Station
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