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Why Has It Been So Long Since a Major Hurricane Hit the US?
livescience.com ^ | September 12, 2013 05:05pm ET | Douglas Main, Staff Writer |

Posted on 09/13/2013 8:44:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin

But surprisingly, not a single major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 storm or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale —with minimum wind gusts of at least 111 mph (178 km/h) — has directly hit the United States in nearly eight years. That's twice as long as any major hurricane landfall "drought" since 1915, and by far the longest on record since data began being collected prior to 1900. As of today (Sept. 12), it's been 2,880 days since Hurricane Wilma, the last major hurricane to strike the United States, made landfall on Oct. 24, 2005.

The reasons behind this drought turn out to be a combination of atmospheric wind patterns, how close to the coast hurricanes form and luck.

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TOPICS: Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: hit; hurricane; hurricanes; major; us
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1 posted on 09/13/2013 8:44:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Giving us a break after Katrina?


2 posted on 09/13/2013 8:45:54 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: BenLurkin

Giving us a break after Katrina?


3 posted on 09/13/2013 8:45:54 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: BenLurkin

Let us ask the weather wizard Al Gore.


4 posted on 09/13/2013 8:45:55 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: BenLurkin

Nah. Global Warming reduces the number of severe storms.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 8:46:35 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: BenLurkin

Obama stopped them?


6 posted on 09/13/2013 8:46:43 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: BenLurkin

Because we managed to suppress the Al Qaeda controlled djinn being used to control the hurricanes?
Of course, they have manged to get some successes using tornadoes...
(Actually trying to work on a story along that line...)


7 posted on 09/13/2013 8:46:45 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: BenLurkin

Uhhhh...’cause the icecaps are melting and cooling the ocean...oh, wait...

Bush’s fault!


8 posted on 09/13/2013 8:46:50 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: BenLurkin

Karl Rove shut the African-American Seeking Hurricane Machine off.


9 posted on 09/13/2013 8:47:07 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hussien told us during his 08’ campaign that he would heal the world. Didn’t anyone listen to our Mulatto Messiah?


10 posted on 09/13/2013 8:47:25 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: BenLurkin

Why indeed?

We had a good one in 2005. But the cesspool known as New Orleans is till the SOS.


11 posted on 09/13/2013 8:47:27 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe God is having fun with the global warming folks who made the predictions of record hurricane seasons right around the fall of 2005?


12 posted on 09/13/2013 8:47:31 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: BenLurkin

It’s Global Warming..., or Global Cooling..., or good luck..., or Nibiru..., or something else.


13 posted on 09/13/2013 8:47:35 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: BenLurkin
Because 0bama heroically prevented Bush and Carl Rove from using their infernal weather machine?

14 posted on 09/13/2013 8:49:09 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BenLurkin

Perhaps the “expert” at Colorado State will stop predicting 5-7 major hurricanes every year. Even with the bureaucrats at the National Weather Service naming every time someone passes gas, they can’t come up with any real storms close to the U.S. When will the sequester start chopping the dead wood from agencies like this one?


15 posted on 09/13/2013 8:49:12 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: BenLurkin

I thought Sandy was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba. That was pretty intense.


16 posted on 09/13/2013 8:49:19 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: BenLurkin

We’ll, Christie and Obama haven’t milked all the political hype they can out of Sandy yet, and it’s too early for the 2014 congressional elections. Expect to see one in just about one year from now.


17 posted on 09/13/2013 8:49:37 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: BenLurkin

I just assumed there had been several but since they hit red states the media never reported it.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 8:50:12 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: DBrow

Global Warming reduces the number of severe storms.

Except when it doesn’t.

And then, it’s because of Global Warming...


19 posted on 09/13/2013 8:50:44 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: BenLurkin

God thinks we are getting enough disasters with Obama in office?


20 posted on 09/13/2013 8:51:02 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: BenLurkin

The whiners are still getting mileage out of Katrina, or trying to.


21 posted on 09/13/2013 8:51:11 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: BenLurkin
Since the oceans have begun to fall, and the planet has begun to heal, obviously the hurricanes are going to be less now........

*rolls eyes*

22 posted on 09/13/2013 8:52:41 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE.)
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To: BenLurkin

Global Warming!


23 posted on 09/13/2013 8:54:30 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That wasn’t Karl Rove, that was Dick Cheney’s H.H.G., Halliburton Hurricane Generator, that was responsible.


24 posted on 09/13/2013 8:54:57 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: BenLurkin; All
Ingrid (currently a Tropical Storm) could boomerang.

Currently, it is forecast to move inland into Mexico and dissipate.

It just has to change directions to threaten Texas, Louisiana, as well as other Gulf of Mexico states.

25 posted on 09/13/2013 8:57:21 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: BenLurkin

Translation: “We predicted lots of Global Warming, and massive hurricanes. We’re looking bad. Gaia, why do you mock us so?”


26 posted on 09/13/2013 8:58:23 AM PDT by wbill
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To: TexasCajun

It’s simple. It’s because hurricanes are completely natural phenomenon and have ZERO to do with CO2 concentrations. The left can’t handle the truth.


27 posted on 09/13/2013 8:58:57 AM PDT by spawn44 ( MOO)
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To: Jeff Chandler

They’re afraid to turn on HAARP after Jesse Ventura went up there and exposed it?


28 posted on 09/13/2013 9:03:23 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: spawn44

To add to that, there is a reason they’re not as prevalent. There is a cycle. We don’t understand it. As you say, it has nothing to do with AGW, because AGW isn’t true.

Has there been global warming? Certainly! Thousands of times over the past several million years we’ve massively and dramatically warmed up because the ice melted! Lather, rinse, repeat....

See, we’re still in an ice age.

People tend to forget that there’s nothing special about the current interglacial we’re in right now. The ice will return someday.


29 posted on 09/13/2013 9:05:11 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: BenLurkin

Luck?


30 posted on 09/13/2013 9:07:26 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Restoration of the Republic)
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To: BenLurkin

:: The reasons behind this drought turn out to be a combination of atmospheric wind patterns, how close to the coast hurricanes form and luck. ::

Conveniently avoiding any reference to solar activity.


31 posted on 09/13/2013 9:10:49 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Gaffer

But But But... Sandy was a “Super” Storm! That’s gotta be worse than a major storm. Besides, it hit such an important place!


32 posted on 09/13/2013 9:14:00 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: BenLurkin
...not a single major hurricane...

Fear not, I just moved to southern Florida 2 weeks ago, which means the hurricanes should be starting up any minute now!

33 posted on 09/13/2013 9:16:12 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: DBrow

I thought glaobal warming was the reason we had “W”ilma, with a W that year.


34 posted on 09/13/2013 9:21:29 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: BenLurkin

Everything reverts to the mean.

Everything.

We had a couple of tough years. We will have a couple of good years, a couple of mild years, and then some tough ones again.

The time to prepare is during the dips.


35 posted on 09/13/2013 9:22:48 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: BenLurkin

Hurricane Ike wasn’t a major hurricane? That would surprise a lot of people in the greater Houston area. That was in 2008.


36 posted on 09/13/2013 9:23:53 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Was Ike CAT 3 or higher?


37 posted on 09/13/2013 9:28:10 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Just looked it up, it was one mph below a Cat 3. Was the third most costly storm in terms of damage ever in the US.


38 posted on 09/13/2013 9:30:41 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: BenLurkin

Because Carl Rove is not near his hurricane steering machine anymore..?


39 posted on 09/13/2013 9:31:24 AM PDT by jag.drafting
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To: Responsibility2nd

New Orleans is the most beautiful city in America, and one of the four pillars of American culture.


40 posted on 09/13/2013 9:32:11 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BenLurkin
Why Has It Been So Long Since a Major Hurricane Hit the US?

Globull warming advocates deeply disappointed.

Really. Hell, when one of the few to hit lately, Sandy, the alarmist were positively gleeful. We were told that even tho there had been fewer storms, the fact that it hit where it did was proof of, wait for it.....Global Warming!!! Ohhhhh, what to do, what to do? NOW maybe all these deniers will go along with our plans to save the Earth!! Otherwise, they just want to kill babies, starve kids and the elderly and just promote death and destruction worldwide.

What a bunch of....Assholes...that's it. Next time anyone brings up Global warming I'm just gonna call them an Asshole and leave it at that. There's no reasoning with them so why try.

41 posted on 09/13/2013 9:35:26 AM PDT by saleman
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To: BenLurkin; GeronL; Revolting cat!

42 posted on 09/13/2013 9:37:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: kabumpo

You could be right.

With Detroit, Camden, Philadelphia and East St. Louis coming in a close second.


43 posted on 09/13/2013 9:39:07 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Al Gore doesn’t need anymore money?


44 posted on 09/13/2013 9:41:04 AM PDT by kempster
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To: BenLurkin
As to exactly why hurricanes haven't formed near shore and have been steered away from land, Landsea couldn't say. "I can say the 'what' but not the 'why' — the science on this isn't completely clear," he said. "I'd say it's mostly luck."

So the decade long cooling trend has nothing to do with it ? Their expert AGW biased conclusion is, luck ?

45 posted on 09/13/2013 9:49:50 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (I think Obama and crew feel that time is being wasted and that we need to get the jump on Russian sh)
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To: BenLurkin

I just want my home insurance refund because of Hurricanes disasters are not happening.


46 posted on 09/13/2013 9:51:47 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: Alas Babylon!

that’s right. We have been in a period of global warming since the last ice age.

During the last ice age, Chicago was buried under a mile of ice. It took lots of sustained warming to melt it all.


47 posted on 09/13/2013 9:58:18 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: BenLurkin

“Why Has It Been So Long Since a Major Hurricane Hit the US?”

All right after Al Gore sold his crap network to Camel News.


48 posted on 09/13/2013 10:01:12 AM PDT by Dick Cinnamon
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To: Baseballguy

Wilma knocked down huge trees on my and neighbors’ houses.

I sat in the backroom in great despair that morning, with no electricity, pondering what to do. I was plunging spiritually, then all of a sudden I heard a chainsaw. I don’t own one. And there was a giant 15 y/o black olive tree on my house at the moment.

I ran out and immediately started helping my back neighbor drag the giant branches to the street as he cut up tree after tree on the few houses in back. After many hours, someone said let’s cut up the tree that fell on my house. I never brought it up. I just helped until their houses were clear.

God does work in mysterious ways. Got to know a few of my neighbors. Nothing like a hurricane to bring neighbors together.

We were out of elec for 2.5 days. But across the street was out for 2 weeks. I ran two ext. chords going across to two neighbors. So they had electricity.

It was interesting, but not too fun. But good experience.


49 posted on 09/13/2013 10:02:39 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: BenLurkin

Because there isn’t a Republican in the White House, silly.


50 posted on 09/13/2013 10:03:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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