HYPERCAN: The most powerful Hurricane that could exist!

hurricane from space

Hypercan, that is the name that scientists have nicknamed what would be the largest hurricane that could exist on Earth, pulverizing category 5 that indicates the maximum magnitude of classification of a hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. It has never happened, but its existence cannot be ruled out, although for this, we should be in front of quite precise conditions. The theory indicates that if such conditions existed, the Hypercan could be generated, and no, we are not prepared for it.

The Hypercan is a Mega Hurricane with 800km / h winds, a speed very close to the speed of sound of 1235km / h. To get an idea, we would have the same ebb winds that an atomic bomb emits, close to its place of detonation. These winds would continuously destroy everything in their path, with a level of ferocity never seen before. It may seem like too remote a possibility to contemplate. Indeed it is, but there are a number of perfectly feasible conditions that could occur.

Conditions for the Hypercan to occur

tornado in city

This super hurricane it could be born from the combination of a surface temperature in the seas of 48ºC. It would have to be very hot on our planet for the seas and oceans to register those temperatures. But only with a great volcano erupting under the sea, causing the water to heat up, would be one of the reasons that could cause these ideal temperatures for its formation.

Another option would be warming by the fall of a large meteorite in the waters, that is also another possibility that would cause the temperature rise. Although that possibility is more remote. What is recorded is of a supervolcano that erupted in underwater waters about 250 million years ago. Much of the existing species at that time were exterminated.

A gradual and continuous warming of the waters due to climate change. Although the maximum recorded temperatures of 35ºC in water are 13ºC from the 48ºC that would be required, a continuous warming of them could be another consequence. The more warming waters, the more possibility of hurricanes and more violence.

Potential risks of the Hypercan

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Not only would they come in one direction, the Hypercan is a phenomenon that would have consequences unique to its proportions. Beyond the obvious, it would modify many climatic conditions. The following would undoubtedly be the most relevant.


As we have said, one of them is the mega-hurricane winds that there would be. A prolonged 800km / h wind would be on the Fujita-Pearson scale, the F9 level. According to its scale, there are currently these scales:

  • Level F0 (winds of 60/117 km / h): Light. Tree branches break, flying garbage.
  • F1 (117/181 km / h): Moderate They can break tiles, smash awnings, move cars, overturn trailers, sink ships, break trees.
  • F2 (181/250 km / h): Considerable. The roofs of some houses are raised, trailers, buses, and some weaker buildings can be demolished. In this type of wind, train cars can derail.
  • F3 (251/320 km / h): Serious. Trees uprooted, walls and roofs of stronger buildings can also be uprooted.
  • F4 (321/420 km / h): Devastating. Trains, trucks over 40 tons, can be thrown into the air.
  • F5 (421/510 km / h): Extremely destructive. With winds similar to the energy with which it destroys an atomic bomb. Entire buildings are ripped from the ground and blown up.
  • F6 (511/612 km / h): Damage almost inconceivable. A tornado was documented in Oklahoma in 1999 during tornado times with a recorded maximum of 512km / h.

Needless to say, F9 would leave a place of so much desolation, that we could not describe or recognize.

Size and atmospheric system

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Although it would have a small storm area of ​​25km ^ 2, its air currents would reach much higher in the atmosphere than ordinary hurricanes. The atmospheric system would be the size of the United States. The eye of the hurricane would measure 300km in diameter.

The hot waters where the Hypercan originated, taking into account that the change of temperatures in the waters is a slow process and more in great extensions, they would possibly induce to more hypercanes.

In addition, the clouds of a hypercan could reach up to 30km in height. This would cause disturbances of the ozone layer, because the water molecules would come into contact with it and create a reaction where they would decompose into O2 molecules, creating less filtration of ultraviolet light.

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