Meteorologists reveal the most surprising facts about Hurricane Ian

2022-10-02 2022-10-02T13:16:12Z
رنا السيلاوي
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Weather of Arabia - Ian arrived at the coasts of southwest Florida on September 28 as a fourth-degree hurricane, and its classification gradually decreased as it entered land until it reached a tropical storm, after which it intensified into a category one hurricane as it advanced north on the Atlantic coasts to the states of North and South Carolina. .

But Hurricane Ian was not an ordinary hurricane, as its accompanying wind speed qualified it to be the fifth strongest hurricane to reach the mainland United States. Here are other surprising facts revealed by meteorologists at The Weather Channel.

He almost reached Class 5 an hour before making landfall

Ian was on the cusp of a Category 5 hurricane just an hour before its epicenter came ashore west of Fort Myers. It narrowly missed out on becoming the fifth Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the US mainland.

But considering wind speeds, it's still the fifth most powerful hurricane to hit the mainland United States, according to scientist Phil Klotzbadge of Colorado State University.

It made landfall at the same location as Hurricane Charlie

In a strange coincidence, Ian made landfall at Cayo Costa in Florida, a barrier island west of Fort Myers, exactly the same location as Hurricane Charlie made landfall in August 2004.

The strangest thing is that Hurricane Ian also equaled the wind speed when it reached land with the wind speed of Hurricane Charlie, which amounted to 194 km per hour. Atmospheric pressure was only 1 millibar lower than Charlie's when he made landfall in the middle of the afternoon.

Ian outperformed Charlie by being much larger and moving more slowly than Charlie, resulting in more rain, higher waves and longer winds.

wind force

Hurricane Ian recorded winds of more than 100 mph in some areas, including near Cape Coral, which reached 140 mph, and Punta Gorda, which reached 135 mph.

There was a sustained wind of 115 miles per hour (the average wind over one minute) measured at a special weather station in Port Charlotte.

Daytona Beach recorded winds above 60 mph for more than 12 continuous hours from early morning to early afternoon on September 29.

Explosive tide in Tampa Bay

Because Ian's center made landfall south of Tampa Bay, winds on the north side of its circulation pushed the water out of Tampa Bay, known as a blowout tide. On Wednesday afternoon, water levels were about 2 feet lower than the tide. Ordinary depression in Port Manatee, near the mouth of Tampa Bay. Something similar happened in Tampa Bay during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Record rain and unprecedented flooding of rivers

Ian brought about 300 millimeters of rain on the Florida peninsula, with rainfall rates of up to 70 millimeters per hour. Which led to the flooding of rivers in an unprecedented way.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Florida's river floods, is that Orlando broke its own record for 24-hour rainfall, receiving 317 millimeters (12.49 in) from 8 a.m. Wednesday through 8 a.m. Thursday. That's twice the amount of rain in September that fell in 24 hours. This resulted in widespread flooding in the metro area.

Flooding in St. Augustine, northeast Florida, was similar to levels seen there during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, according to local rescue teams and broadcast media.

More: Hurricane "Ian": continued its attack from Cuba to America... causing widespread destruction and dozens of deaths in Florida and South Carolina

This article was written originally in Arabic and is translated using a 3rd party automated service. ArabiaWeather is not responsible for any grammatical errors whatsoever.
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