Five days ago was the meteorological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. This season is no exception, as mother nature has ramped up the activity in the Atlantic Ocean over the past couple of weeks. We have been constantly seeing tropical waves forming off of the west coast of Africa.
Up until recently, we have had a fairly quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic. So far, there have only been 10 tropical depressions of which all ten became tropical storms. We have had five total hurricanes, and only one major hurricane, which was Florence.
NASA GOES satellite imagery of Hurricane Florence on September 7, 2018
Tropical Storm Florence, formerly Hurricane Florence, made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina Thursday evening at a Category 1 hurricane. The storm caused massive flooding across the coastal areas of North and South Carolina with very high storm surges.
Florence is expected to drop over two feet of rain over the next week in the Carolinas. Between the two states, an estimated ten trillion gallons of rain is expected to fall.
Total accumulated precipitation for the next week via WeatherBELL
The latest model runs off of the European model show that Florence should become a Tropical Depression in approximately two days as it starts curving northeast Sunday evening. This will bring isolated flash flooding and windy conditions to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states Monday and Tuesday.
With all of the flooding taking place, I wouldn’t be surprised if Florence goes down as one of the costliest hurricanes on record to hit the Carolinas, NOT because of CO2, but because of the amount of infrastructure built along the coast over the last 80 years.
The storm took place at the same time as this year’s Global Climate Action Summit (September 12-14, 2018), located in San Francisco, California. Speakers at the alarmist convention probably included climate change “experts” like Al Gore, Bill Nye, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Kerry, where they will talk about ways of destroying the energy industry by reducing CO2 emissions. However, famous people like Leo are apparently the only ones entitled to ride in private jets that are using fossil fuels to go to Davos meetings. And speaking of Al Gore, global warming hasn’t melted his ice cream yet!
I am quite sure that Florence was a major topic during the conference and they probably made it the latest “poster-child” for climate change.
However, we don’t have to rely on climate prophets like Al or Leo. National Geographic and ScienceNews have all come to save the day.
Re: National Geographic: “Hurricane Florence’s Rains May Be 50% Worse Thanks to Climate Change.” Wow – this sounds really bad. According to National Geographic, if we don’t stop our CO2 emissions soon, then flash flooding is going to become worse and worse and we will all drown in Al Gore’s ice cream by 2030.
I think that the survivors of the 1938 Rhode Island Hurricane would beg to differ with Laura Parker about her assessment of whether hurricane flooding is getting worse or not. In 1938, a hurricane rolled up the Atlantic into New England causing widespread massive flooding and countless casualties.
It is interesting to see how major hurricane landfalls in North Carolina have had almost no trend since 1851, and have substantially declined since the 1950s. The 1890s and 1950s were stand-out decades for major hurricane landfalls in North Carolina, with Hazel being the worst in 1954.
If we saw a repeat of the 1950s, then that would be something, but the fact that Florence was the first decently sized hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina in over 22 years proves that National Geographic and ScienceNews have literally no clue what they are talking about.
We have to go back to Category 3 Hurricane Fran of 1996 to even find something comparable to Florence striking North Carolina and before that, Hurricane Hugo of 1989, which was a Category 4. Hazel caused major damage to the Carolinas. Myrtle Beach was literally wiped off of the map after the storm, but a massive rebuilding effort took place, and the city was rebuilt. If the rebuilding effort had never occurred, Myrtle Beach may never have existed thereafter.
As Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. has shown, the number of major hurricanes making landfall along the East Coast is down more than 50% since the 1930s.
It is also worth mentioning that total hurricane landfalls in the United States have been falling since before the Civil War, and from 2005 to 2017 was the longest time in the history of the United States that we went without a major hurricane striking the United States, and it is also worth noting that a Category 5 hurricane hasn’t made landfall in the U.S. since 1992 and we have to go back to 1935 to see the worst hurricane to strike the U.S. We have to go all the way back to 1886 to see a total of seven hurricane landfalls in the United States in a single season.
What’s even more ironic is the fact that while all of the 36 of the costliest hurricanes to strike the U.S. have occurred since 1930, the cost of the damage and the amount of damage has not been caused by the storm’s strength, but rather as I mentioned above, because of the increase in infrastructure in the last 80 years.
Graphs via dr.royspencer.com | Dr. Roy Spencer (meteorologist)
All the media does is rely on climate superstition rather than actual facts. They tell you things that are the exact opposite of reality and when it comes to climate change and hurricanes, their creativity levels go as far as a kindergartener’s where they blame the hurricane on President Trump, like the Washington ComPost did in one of their recent articles.
Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit. – The Washington Post | September 11, 2018
“President Trump issued several warnings on his Twitter feed Monday, counseling those in Florence’s projected path to prepare and listen to local officials. That was good advice.
Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.”
The Washington Post described Donald Trump “as being complicit,” which means…
I really do not know how Hurricane Florence can be Donald Trump’s fault. Last time I checked Jimmy Buffet was the only person in existence who could whip up a hurricane in a matter of seconds and send it on down to Margaritaville; Buffet should give the Post a “license to chill”…………out.
And here is a little graphic made by Tony Heller, which shows the average number of U.S. hurricanes per year with each President in office. Barack Obama had the least, while Grover Cleveland averaged the most hurricanes per year – we must impeach Cleveland NOW!
Let’s just be honest folks – hurricanes have been occurring since the beginning of time, and they will continue to happen in the future. There is no need to place blame on somebody (DT) for something that is uncontrollable (unless you are Jimmy Buffet). What the Washington Post did was uncalled for and that takes us back to the Salem Witch Trials where people who were thought to be “witches” were executed for “causing” cold weather and drought during the Little Ice Age.
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