Statistically Speaking

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, another hurricane, Rita has again struck the Gulf Coast. Here are some storm statistics that just might knock the wind out of you:

Estimated cost of Hurricane Katrina: $125 billion

Costliest hurricane in America as of 2005 (Andrew, 1992): $35 billion

Most storms in one hurricane season (1933): 21

Number of storms in 2005 thus far: 17

Minimum wind speed of a category 5 hurricane: 156 mph

Average September wind speed in Pittsburgh: 7.4 mph