Why Surface Wind Measurements in Hurricanes Don’t Match Satellite Estimates

Watts Up With That?

Dr. Philip Klotzbach writes via email:

Discussion of near impossibility of actually recording strongest winds in a hurricane

Brian McNoldy and I wrote a blog for Capital Weather Gang yesterday where we called out Matt Drudge about his claims that the National Hurricane Center was over-estimating the winds in Hurricane Matthew. As you know, it is nearly impossible to measure the strongest winds in a hurricane due to a variety of factors. Brian and I covered these in some detail in this blog.

Matt Drudge commented on our story last night, and since then, there have been hundreds of comments from individuals claiming that NHC is just a cog in the “global warming” machine. As you know, I’m certainly not a fan of over-hyping climate change and have published several papers showing no trends in intense hurricane activity over the modern observational period.

I feel that it would be incredibly…

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