Originally posted by Stompbox
I'd like to add that it's interesting that some of these big winter storms we've been getting lately are being tracked by hurricane hunters, and
some of the storms pressure levels (if I remember right), we're lower than some hurricanes we've gotten.
You are correct, but not just barometric pressure, but wind speeds as well.
"The central pressure of the weekend storm fell as low as 956 mb (28.23”) as it approached Nova Scotia, Canada midday Sunday. This compares to
“Nemo”’s estimated lowest pressure of about 970 mb."
"On the other hand, extremely high wind gusts were observed. Wreckhouse, Newfoundland reported a peak gust of 170 km/h (106 mph). Grand Etang Island,
Nova Scotia saw a gust to 161 km/h (100 mph).
All and all, the most impressive feature of the weekend storm was its rapid intensification and extraordinary central pressure. It is a bit surprising
(given the storm’s intensity) that more severe conditions were not observed onshore."
These winter storms have been intense. Category 2 winds.
By comparison, here are the pressures from the most powerful US storms.
Top 10 Most Intense Hurricanes At Landfall (U.S.A)
Rank Hurricane Name Year Category Pressure
1 Florida Keys (Labor Day) 1935 5 892 mb
2 Hurricane Camille 1969 5 909 mb
3 Hurricane Katrina 2005 3 920 mb
4 Hurricane Andrew 1992 5 922 mb
5 Texas (Indianola) 1886 4 925 mb
6 Florida Keys 1919 4 927 mb
7 FL (Lake Okeechobee) 1928 4 929 mb
8 Hurricane Donna 1960 4 930 mb
9 Unnamed (New Orleans LA) 1915 4 931 mb
10 Hurricane Carla 1961 4 931 mb
Carla was not too far off from the recent winter storm.
Btw, that list is from a handy huriccane site that I like:
Anyways, totally agree with ya and thanks for adding.