September 3, 2007 at 11:00PM
by Chris Mooney
Even as Hurricane Felix ravages Nicaragua after a Category 5 landfall, the storm's Wikipedia page has already been updated. Felix has set (or led to the adjustment of) numerous records, some very disturbing. I'll list the Wiki records as well as some others that I myself have identified or cobbled from other sources:
- Fastest intensification from a tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane -- around 51 hours. (This is apparently an Atlantic record only.)
- Second-fastest pressure fall in 12 hours (50 millibars), third-fastest in 24 hours (63 millibars). Again, apparently this is an Atlantic-only record.
- 13th full Category 5 hurricane landfall in the Atlantic region. Others include 1935's "Labor Day" storm, 1969's Camille, 1992's Andrew, and 2007's Dean.
- Felix makes 2007 only the fourth known Atlantic hurricane season to have more than one Category 5 hurricane. The others are 1960, 1961, and 2005.
- Felix makes 2007 the only known Atlantic hurricane season to have two full Category 5 landfalls.
- Felix makes 2007 the only known Atlantic hurricane season in which the first two storms to reach hurricane status (Dean, Felix) have also reached Category 5 status and gone on to Category 5 landfalls.
There has been some scary weather out there lately ...