Category 6 Hurricanes? How About Category 18…

Less than enthusiastic reactions to Scientific American filling up a lull in catastrophic Atlantic hurricanes with imaginative musings about adding a new Category to the Saffir-Simpson scale.

I say, that New Scientist competitor in the “dumbed down science” section at any newsagent has not gone far enough. Had anybody remembered anything about science at the previously scientific magazine, they might have mentioned that the strongest winds in the Solar System rage around planet Neptune.

It’s 2,100kph: that is, Category 18, using Wikipedia’s formula of speed(mph)=83*10^(c/15).