It’s Been 4,253 Days Since The Last Major Hurricane Landed In The US

It’s been nearly 12 years or 4,253 days since the last major hurricane made landfall in the U.S., which is the longest such period on record.

The news is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great that no major hurricanes have landed in the U.S. in that time, but the unintended consequence could be people become more complacent about hurricane safety.

“US hurricane season has started (with no permanent NHC or FEMA directors in place, but I digress),” University of Colorado-Boulder researcher Roger Pielke wrote on his blog Thursday.

“As of today, it has been 4,252 days since the last time a Category 3+ hurricane made a US landfall. That is long enough to get lazy and to forget. The streak will not last,” Pielke wrote.

On a global level, accumulated cyclone energy is at its lowest level on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach.

Hurricane season started June 1, and government forecasters put a 45 percent chance on an above-normal storm season this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts two to four major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher, forming in the Atlantic Ocean this year.

NOAA predicts “a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes,” according to its 2017 hurricane season prediction.

The last major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 — nearly 12 years ago.

“This major hurricane drought surpassed the previous record of eight years from 1861-1868 when no major hurricane struck the coast of the United States. On average, a major hurricane makes landfall in the U.S. about once every three years,” according to NOAA’s 2016 hurricane season report.

Though that doesn’t mean the U.S. has been spared damage from hurricanes.

The North Atlantic 2016 season was above average in terms of accumulated cyclone energy, according to NOAA, with three major storms. Hurricane Matthew nearly made landfall as a major hurricane in early October.

Matthew still caused billions of dollars worth of damage in the U.S. and Caribbean, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The storm is estimated to have killed more than 1,000 people in Haiti.

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    G

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    “… the science is extremely clear now, that warmer oceans make the average hurricane stronger, not only makes the winds stronger, but dramatically increases the moisture from the oceans evaporating into the storm – thus magnifying its destructive power – makes the duration, as well as the intensity of the hurricane, stronger.”

    Last year we had a lot of hurricanes. Last year, Japan set an all-time record for typhoons: ten, the previous record was seven. Last year the science textbooks had to be re-written. They said, “It’s impossible to have a hurricane in the south Atlantic.” We had the first one last year, in Brazil. We had an all-time record last year for tornadoes in the United States, 1,717 – largely because hurricanes spawned tornadoes.
    – Al Gore, 2005

    Even though Al Gore is a bloviating buffoon, his army of high-paid scientists enthusiastically went along with this narrative… But we can’t question the science, can we?

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    Spurwing Plover

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    I can still remember all the malarkey from the usial idiot claiming that after Katrina the hurricanes would even worst and they blamed Hurricane Sandy on Global Warming and well nothing has happned but you can bet you bottom dollar if another catagory 9 hurricane stikes they’ll blame it on Global Warming and Trump for rejecting the junk science and politics inspired Paris Accord

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    Sonnyhill

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    The most valuable hurricanes for propaganda purposes are those that kill, maim and drive up insurance premiums. There’s still Atlantic hurricanes but there’s no dollar value to them because they don’t make landfall. Hurrah, climate change!!! CC is a good thing.

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