So is it global warming or just better meteorlogical measuring systems? The debate will continue. After all we can use computers on these babies now. But there have been eight official Category 5 (the biggest and meanest) hurricanes in the past five years. THat is unprecedented.
The Associated Press account contains this description of the newly set hurricane record: "Tuesday was historic for two reasons: It was the first time on record that two Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes made landfall in the same year, with Felix coming two weeks after Hurricane Dean slammed into southern Mexico.
"And Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes have never made landfall the same day, according to records dating back to 1949. The closest comparison happened at 5 a.m. on Aug. 24, 1992, when Andrew devastated southern Florida 23 hours after Lester hit Baja California, Mexico, the Hurricane Center said."
Both hurricanes brought intense wind and lots of water. Nicaragua was the worst hit, getting the full force of Category 5 Felix.
Of course, Felix won;t really affect Gulf of Mexico oil production but the oil traders still jacked up the prices. Any price in a storm, they say.