An atmospheric pressure microwave plasma torch operating at 2.45 GHz frequency using a surfaguide waveguide fed by argon gas at a constant rate is characterized at various microwave power settings. Coarse optical emission spectroscopy technique is used to diagnose the plasma parameters. The Boltzmann plot method is implemented to measure the electron temperature. Using the Doppler shift of the strong argon atomic spectral lines, the plasma velocity is determined. These results are in good agreement with earlier studies conducted on similar microwave plasma torches at a lower power setting. In this study, we exceed the previous power limitations observed in earlier studies and scan the microwave power in increments up to 2 kW.