WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (Reuters) - Hurricane Felix became an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm on Sunday as it swept through the southern Caribbean on a path toward Central America and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, U.S. forecasters said.
Only four times — in the 1960, 1961, 2005 and 2007 hurricane seasons — have multiple Category 5 hurricanes formed, and in only one season — 2005 — have more than two formed.
About halfway through the '07 season, and we're gunning for a new record! Whoo Hoo! From the good Eli Rabbett's Blog (comments):
Now that the 2nd major hurricane of the season has occurred 23 days ahead of the climatological average, and there have been 2 category 5s (compared to the 1951-2000 average of 0.34 per year), making a total of 9 in the last 10 years, I wonder if all those who kept referring to this season as 'inactive' will apologize.
And from Judith Curry's work showing an increase in category 4 and 5 hurricanes over the last several decades due to (or at least correlated with) rising sea surface temperatures:
Someone is looking pretty stupid.