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Re: A good debate which of the big three was the worst

Posted by anascrecca on 11/16/2017, 1:42 pm

I wonder if attempting to rank these three tropical cyclones to establish the season's "worst" is a meaningful exercise. Each of the many effects (fatalities, flooding [depth, duration], wind damage, surge extent, power outage [extent, duration], etc., etc.) would have to be subjectively assigned its own weighting factor. Therefore, I think it is impossible to objectively normalize any sort of rating scale. Harvey an apple, Irma an orange, Maria a mango; three different bitter flavors of disaster. Even ordering the storms by measured observations (pressure, wind speed, wave height, etc.) could be difficult and ambiguous.

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A good debate which of the big three was the worst - jimw, 11/14/2017, 6:36 am

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