The Things Peter Stanford Did Not Tell You About Hurricanes
By Paul Homewood
h/t Bloke down the pub
More of the usual misinformation, or maybe just ignorance, from Peter Stanford.
He might have noticed that Bermuda is no more than a speck in the vastness of the Atlantic, and because of that landfalling hurricanes, of any size, are extremely rare.
As Wikipedia state:
According to the Bermuda Weather Service, the islands of Bermuda experience a damaging tropical cyclone once every six to seven years, on average. Due to the small area of the island chain, landfalls and direct hits are rare. Strictly speaking, only nine landfalls have occurred during years included in the official Atlantic hurricane database, starting in 1851.
Stanford might also have added that, so far this year, there have been three major Atlantic hurricanes, Cat3 and above – Gaston, Matthew and Nicole. The average in the satellite era is 2.6 per year.
He could also have mentioned that Hurricane Matthew was the first Cat 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007. Since 1924, there have been 31 Cat 5s, an average of one every three years. Given that Matthew only peaked at Cat 5 for 6 hours, it almost certainly would not have even been spotted as a Cat 5 prior to the satellite era.
But then, Mr Stanford seems little interested in facts!