NOAA: U.S. has gone 11 years without a major hurricane strike
By Paul Homewood
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has confirmed that today marks the eleventh year since a major hurricane has struck the U.S. mainland, despite persistent claims they would increase in a warming world. Dennis Feltgen, a NOAA spokesperson, said, “I can confirm that as of October 24, 2016, it will be a complete 11 years since a major hurricane has struck the United States, as defined by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale of being a Category 3 or higher.”
NOAA also announced, “The current streak of no major hurricane landfalls onto the U.S. mainland remains intact. The last one to do so was Hurricane Wilma on October 24, 2005.” NOAA defines a major hurricane as having sustained winds of 111 mph or higher. Since NOAA started recordkeeping in 1851, this is the longest the U.S. has gone without a major hurricane making landfall, breaking all previous records.
Record-breaking hurricane drought persists
Despite Hurricane Matthew’s recent brush with the East Coast, it never made landfall as a Category 3 and skirted Florida’s coast before it struck South Carolina as a Category 1. The last time a hurricane drought lasted this long was 147 years ago, which persisted 8 years and 11 months from Sept. 1860 to Aug. 1869. The third-longest drought at nearly six years was between Oct. 1900 and Sept. 1906.
In 2005, Al Gore was quick to point out the busy hurricane season as proof of global warming. During the 2005 hurricane season, the U.S. was struck by four major storms: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Those four storms killed almost 4,000 people and caused more than $160 billion in damages. The year 2005 was the only year that four major hurricanes struck the U.S.
Hillary Clinton and hurricanes
At recent rallies in Florida, #Hillary Clinton said #Climate Change was making hurricanes worse, and even blamed global warming on Hurricane Hermine and Hurricane Matthew. But as this 11-year drought persists, a so-called warming world doesn’t seem to be affecting hurricane intensity or strength, leaving many to ask if other predictions have been greatly over-exaggerated. Clinton even co-opted Al Gore in Florida to push her climate agenda and woo millennial voters.
But since Wilma, no major hurricanes have struck the United States, despite lower category storms making landfall. All hurricanes can be deadly, and smaller ones can cause billions in damages as shorelines become more populated and developed. That means even a small storm surge can destroy small communities directly in its path. And torrential rains can cause widespread flooding.
The director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) Rick Knabb said rain and flooding from a hurricane’s storm surge will kill 9 out of 10 people among those who die in a hurricane. About 24 people were killed in North Carolina, with another 20 killed elsewhere, due to Matthew’s storm surge.
Sky isn’t falling
The record 11-year-long hurricane drought has occurred even as atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have gone up about 50 parts per million since measuring began in 1957. Despite this drought, climate alarmists are holding fast to claims of increased, more frequent floods and storms. Some are blaming how NOAA “defines” a hurricane, while others are pointing to storm surges as proof that hurricanes are increasing.
Marc Morano, who runs the site Climate Depot, said that if you redefine a storm, then you can proclaim every event as “unprecedented.” Others say that hurricanes have not gone up, but that we’ve just been “lucky” that none have hit the U.S. for so long. Indeed, hurricane activity in the past 30 years has remained flat and not gone up as climate models first predicted. Even when you throw in naturally occurring events like El Nino and La Nino, which can drive hurricane frequency, there is no statistical proof that increased CO2 is causing stronger, more frequent hurricanes.