66 MPH Is The New Category 2 Hurricane

The highest land wind speeds for Arthur I can find, are 66 MPH at Kill Devil, NC. Like a typical spring day in Boulder, Colorado.

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29 Responses to 66 MPH Is The New Category 2 Hurricane

  1. Dave N says:

    It’s like reverse fashion…

  2. Steve Case says:

    At 5:58 AM EST the wind map
    http://hint.fm/wind/
    Says 68.1 mph highest in the country (doesn’t say where)

    • Bob F says:

      If you put your mouse over the ocean just off the Outer Banks you can see a tooltip that will show speeds in the 60’s. 66.1 was the highest i could find.

  3. geran says:

    National Hurricane Center is now showing 100 mph.
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#ARTHUR

    • squid2112 says:

      geran, I couldn’t find anything indicating current wind speed. I see a lot of “modeled projection” graphs, but nothing indicating current conditions.

      • _Jim says:

        “infilled” … from, um, stiff on-shore winds … and adjusted up based on a YTBD TOBs corr. factor …

      • geran says:

        It’s dropping fast. Look for this:

        2:00 PM EDT Fri Jul 4
        Location: 38.5°N 72.4°W
        Moving: NE at 25 mph
        Min pressure: 977 mb
        Max sustained: 90 mph

  4. emsnews says:

    The winds at the EYE of the hurricane are what is highest and the eye didn’t pass over any place yet, it is at sea.

  5. emsnews says:

    Correction: inner wall of the eye, not the actual eye itself has the highest winds this is why it is very important to know where the center of the hurricane is going. We are most fortunate that it is missing all land masses in this case.

  6. An Inquirer says:

    I believe that the official sustained windspeeds of a hurricane are those at 10 meters above ground. Of course, there are few — if any anemometers at 10 meters above ground. Therefore, the windspeeds of a hurricane must be estimated or calculated. I would be curious to know if the methodology / algorithm to calculate hurricane windspeeds are consistent through time — even before satellite and hurricane hunters existed.

  7. _Jim says:

    Oh, I SEE the issue: They are conflating the TEMPERATURE as the WIND SPEED in knots … notice the numbers inside all the little ‘barbed’ thingys?

    /sarc (for the humor-impaired at HWB and Sou)

  8. Bryan Wiley says:

    I literally laughed out loud at the highest readings currently near they eye – somewhere near 40 mph.

  9. drcrinum says:

    The NWS station at Hatteras, Mitchell Field, reported a gust of 71mph early this morning.

    04 00:51 SE 47 G 71 1.25 Rain Fog/Mist and Windy SCT014 OVC025 78 75 90% NA 80 29.48 998.1 0.17

  10. philjourdan says:

    We did not even get any rain out of it.

  11. kbray in california says:

    What the heck…

    Adjust the wind speeds to an unprecedented “Category 6” and be done with it…

  12. gregole says:

    Happy 4th of July to y’all in the Carolinas; the big bullet missed this time. And to everyone else as well!

    And even with all that horrible Man-Made CO2 exponentially super-charging the climate all we got was a wind storm!

    • Hugh K says:

      Thanks gregole and right back atcha’ re Independence Day.
      Have a boat moored on the Cape Fear River downtown Wilmington – Didn’t even take off the bimini top or adjust/add dock lines. To date — No problems at the Redneck Yacht Club. Max wind speed/gust measured on my boat (from top of mast – 50′ above water line) was 52 mph when Arthur hit Wilmington.

  13. D. Self says:

    The latest Headline is it’s the earliest recorded Hurricane to hit NC so this is proof of AGW.

  14. kbray in california says:

    If we can’t find any hurricane force wind readings on land… was it really a hurricane?
    Sounds like just a big hard blow.
    Yet again, the official statements of wind speeds seem way too high.

  15. squid2112 says:

    I’m not believing any of their wind readings, further, I am also not believing that Arthur was a category 2 hurricane at any time.

    From Accuweather: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/live-hurricane-arthur-east-coa/29796274

    At 11:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, Arthur made landfall over the Shackleford Banks, which is located between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina, as a Category 2 hurricane.

    As of 9:10 a.m. EDT Friday, it has dropped back down to a Category 1.

    10:45 a.m. EDT Friday: A buoy 7 miles from Fisherman’s Island, Virginia, recorded a wind gust of 70 mph. Gusts are currently reaching as high as 105 mph.

    9:45 a.m. EDT Friday: Hurricane Arthur is currently churning about 130 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia.

    9:10 a.m. EDT Friday: Arthur has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane.

    9:00 a.m. EDT Friday: Low clouds hang over New York City as Hurricane Arthur continues tracking north:

    12:04 a.m. EDT Friday: A wind gust of 88 mph was measured at Cedar Island, North Carolina, according to Mesonet.

    11:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: Arthur has made landfall over the Shackleford Banks between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina. Sustained winds at the time of landfall were 77 mph with a wind gust of 101 mph.

    10:38 p.m. EDT Thursday: A wind gust of 87 mph was measured along the coast of North Carolina south of Morehead City, according to Weather Flow.

    10:00 p.m. EDT Thursday: Arthur is getting closer to making landfall over North Carolina.

    • _Jim says:

      I’m not believing any of their wind readings, further, I am also not believing that Arthur was a category 2 hurricane at any time.

      BUT someone at NOAA/NWS got an attaboy (from the WH office of ‘climate’) and a gift card redeemable at Amazon for ‘service above and beyond the call of civil service duty’ …

  16. kbray in california says:

    I can see that part of the wind speed reading discrepancy can be the result of the northeast movement of the storm itself. If the storm is tracking at 20mph, that could add 20mph wind speed readings to the eastern side of the storm and subtract 20mph from the western side of the storm as it is moving away from the coast, for a 40mph difference in readings. If it has 80mph circling the eye, a buoy on the east could read 100mph and on the west side it could read 60mph. Big difference between 60 and 100mph winds… I think this played a big part here. Just my opinion.

  17. Brian D says:

    NWS reported a 101mph gust at Cape Lookout. No sustained winds were ever clocked that high. One buoy I found last night around the time of landfall had sustained winds around 70mph, gusts around 80 mph, but it was reporting hourly. Cat 1 storm for sure, but no evidence of Cat 2 sustained winds. This was estimated winds and like temps, they like to overestimate (fabricate) there data.

  18. Don says:

    They played the same games last year with numerous storms. The hurricane that was a hurricane for 10 minutes or some such time. But it does seem as if they are now using gusts instead of sustained winds to categorize these things. Sad.

    Remember that El Jefe basically said: Give me the data I want, or your funding disappears.

  19. Billy Liar says:

    So where exactly were the >82 kt (96 mph) winds sustained for more than one minute. Gusts don’t count in any hurricane measurements.

    Where is the damage?

    Category 1: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.

  20. Billy Liar says:

    Hurricane Arthur didn’t manage to knock Jim Cantore over! Nor did it do much damage:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-hurricane-arthur-20140703,0,1490228.story

  21. emsnews says:

    The hurricane skirted the shoreline and did NOT move inland.

    This need to always attack is a habit, not sensible. But go for it! See how far this takes you all into the wastelands, wrecking the good information! Fighting off the alarmists is hard enough as it is already.

  22. Andy DC says:

    The central pressure of 976 mb or 28.82″ does not correspond to a CAT 2 or 100 mph sustained winds. A minimal hurricane at best and the minor damage received would appear to verify that.

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