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As hurricane season begins, how a Georgia Tech civil engineer created the five categories we use to classify storms

Hurricane Isabel, the strongest storm of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. (Photo: NASA)

After three relatively quiet years, forecasters predict we’ll see something close to a “normal” year in terms of hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean this year — 10 to 16 named storms with up to four of those considered major hurricanes. “Major” means a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm, a vernacular we wouldn’t have without School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus Herbert Saffir.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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