All The Records Broken By Hurricane Irma

Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach has been tracking Hurricane Irma and all the record's it's broken this past week. The three main are as follows: 

  • Wind 
    • Sustained winds of 185 mph for a total of 37 hours, the longest of any tropical cyclone in history. The previous record was 24 hours, during Super Typhoon Haiyan in the northwest Pacific in 2013.
  • Barometric Pressure
    • The lower the barometric pressure, the stronger the hurricane. 
    • At 915 millibars, Irma has the lowest barometric pressure of an Atlantic hurricane (besides the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico) on record. 
  • Energy
    • Generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) - 44.2 units - by a tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic.

Get more information on the broken records here

 

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