Steve820 wrote:Excluding the period from 1938 to 1953, 9 years was the longest streak AFAIK. It is really incredible how the Atlantic went this long without a single C5. I was very surprised when Matthew RI'd to this category. Now that Matthew pulled off this stunt, our streak is reset. Unless a miracle occurs, the next streak shouldn't be nearly as long as the 2007-2016 steak of no C5s.
We had Igor in 2010 which was at 155mph based solely on satellite, so it's not entirely out of the question that it was a Cat 5 for some period of time, but we'll never know 100%. Also reading some of the reanalysis papers, it appears that 1955-67 was a longer streak (the four in 1960-61 were lowered in intensity).