Hurricane Emily upgraded to category five

March 13, 2006

Over the weekend the National Hurricane Center released its Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Emily (PDF). The NHC’s post-storm analysis found that Emily was a category five (140 knot/160 mph winds) at 0000Z on July 17th.  Advisories at the time had Emily 5 knots weaker, just below category five threshold.

This increases the record-breaking number of category five storms in 2005 to four.  The previous record was two, set in the 1960 season and matched by 1961.

It also makes Emily the earliest category five on record.  Hurricane Allen previously held that record, having become a category five at 0000Z on August 5, 1980.

Of course, that also means that Emily is the only category five on record to exist in the month of July.

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