The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

 


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Saffir-Simpson

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (first proposed in 1971 by Robert Simpson and Herbert Saffir) is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane's intensity at the indicated time. The scale provides examples of the type of damages and impacts in the United States associated with winds of the indicated intensity. In general, damages rise by about a factor of four for every category increase. - Source: National Weather Service




                           
 

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