I think this entirely misses the point. We’re talking about warning people. What will Category 6 imply that Category 5 doesn’t? It’s the difference between being hit by a truck and train. At some point there is difference without distinction.
“Yeah, I was going to sit this one out on the porch, until I heard it was a Category 6.” C’mon!
We already measure pressure and wind speed. At sea you can throw in wave height. There’s no shortage of quantifiable parameters in a hurricane.
Adding a sixth category to the Saffir-Simpson scale will do nothing to help people. It will make hurricane watching much more like the Guinness Book of World Records.
Even Saffir (I had no idea there was still a Mr. Saffir) disagrees.
“As simple as it is, I like the scale,” Saffir said today. “I don’t like to see it too complex.”
I’m with Herb.