NOAA: 11 Years Since major Hurricane strike on U.S.
Written by Thomas Richard
NOAA confirmed that as of Oct. 24, 2016, no major hurricane has struck the U.S. in 11 years, despite climate change claims they should be increasing.
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 record keeping in 1851, this is the longest the U.S. has gone without a major hurricane making landfall, breaking all previous records.
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.
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.
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