How Hard Can a Hurricane Blow? #poem #weather #hurricane

Hurricane seen from space

Hurricane Isabella from space – size rivals the curve of the Earth

Saffir and Simpson
wanted to show
Just how hard
a hurricane blows.

So they crafted
their wind scale
And up it goes
into the gale.

Less than one hundred
miles per hour
Category One
has plenty of power.

With a hundred fifty,
Cat Five batters,
And no Cat Six,
cause it don’t matter.

How much harder
could it blow?
Depends on ocean
heat below.

Warm water is
a monster’s fuel
And temperatures creep
as we review.

Above Cat Five,
it’s all the same,
Smashed and flattened,
broke and maimed.

by Kate Rauner
Try my poetry collection – inspired by science.

Thanks to Herbert Saffir and Robert Simpson, and livescience

Ocean warming chart

Ocean warming over time – check out the trend over many years


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