The Decade’s Strongest Hurricane

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This collection of images featuring the strongest hurricane, cyclone, or typhoon from any ocean during each year of the past decade includes storms both famous—or infamous—and obscure.

Of the decade’s most powerful storms, two were in the Atlantic/Caribbean basin, five were in the Pacific north of the equator, and three were in the South Pacific.  This is a satellite image of Damrey:

Damrey_Hurricane

Storm Date of image Maximum Wind Speed km/h (mph) Minimum Pressure millibars Basin
Damrey May 9, 2000 290 (180) 878 Western Pacific
Faxai December 22, 2001 290 (180) 915 Western Pacific
Zoe December 28, 2002 285 (177) 890 South Pacific
Maemi September 10, 2003 280 (174) 910 Western Pacific
Chaba August 23, 2004 290 (180) 879 Western Pacific
Wilma October 18, 2005 295 (183) 882 Atlantic/Caribbean
Monica April 24, 2006 285 (177) 905 South Pacific
Dean August 18, 2007 280 (174) 907 Atlantic/Caribbean
Jangmi September 27, 2008 260 (162) 905 Western Pacific
Hamish March 8, 2009 240 (149) 925 South Pacific

Damrey_track

Never heard of Damrey?  There is a reason, it didn’t make land, it harmlessly wandered in the Pacific Ocean. 

To view other weather quiz answers click here:

Past Weather Quiz Answers

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