Measuring the Power of a Storm: Hurricane Winds or Pressure?

Klotzbach and colleagues recently published research that demonstrates how using minimum sea-level pressure works better as a predictor of hurricane damage than does the maximum sustained wind.  The research team argues that it is much easier to measure the pressure of a storm than it is to measure its winds, and consequently, the pressure would serve as a better way to categorize hurricanes’ strength. We asked Phil to share a short recap on what this really means and how it might impact the future of predicting the power of a storm. 

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About the Author:
Dr. Phil Klotzbach has received national and international attention for his work in researching weather patterns and forecasting hurricanes. For the past 10 years, Dr. Klotzbach has been lead author on Colorado State University’s Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts, which were founded by his late esteemed colleague Dr. William Gray. Learn more about Phil here