Saffir-simpson hurricane scale

From Glossary of Meteorology



Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale

A classification scheme for hurricane intensity based on the maximum surface wind speed and the type and extent of damage done by the storm.

The wind speed categories are as follows: 1) 33–42 m s−1 (65–82 knots; kt); 2) 43–49 m s−1 (83–95 kt); 3) 50–58 m s−1 (96–113 kt); 4) 59–69 m s−1 (114–134 kt); and 5) 70 m s−1 (135 kt) and higher. These categories are used routinely by weather forecasters in North America to characterize the intensity of hurricanes for the public.