The CME Hurricane Index (CHI) was developed to provide a quick and easy-to-calculate estimate of hurricane damage. This overview explains in detail how hurricanes are evaluated and the CHI Hurricane Index works.
The overview also includes:
- An explanation of how and why other popular measures of storm intensity are not highly correlated to hurricane damage
- A table of CHI values for all landfalling hurricanes from 1998 through 2010
- A graph of CHI values before and after landfall for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma
- A link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) Public Advisories, which provide updates on pre-landfall hurricanes
- A sample of an NHC Public Advisory