Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4605 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
Everyone else summed it up well. Just like the Fujita scale and tornadoes...they have made the level "5" to include anything above the threshold level. No need to create additional levels, even though the Fujita scale originally went to F12 - but its damaged based, so no need to go higher than F5 for the public.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
If a category 5 will destroy and kill everything, what's the use of having a higher number?
It's like driving a Ford Focus into a concrete wall at 100 mph. Anything faster will have the same result. I suppose there might be bragging rights issues: "Oh yeah? Well, my brother drove his Focus into a concrete wall doing 150 mph! So there!"
MKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1066 times:
Hurricanes that reach cat. 5 status rarely maintain that level, look at what Katrina did right before it made landfall. When they reach cat. 5 hurricanes become unstable and they have to reorganize, in the process dropping windspeed. This is why cat. 5 hurricanes are so rare, and the ones that make it don't stay that way for long.
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