1933 was the second most active hurricane season on record. Five hurricanes struck the US, including three major hurricanes. From the graph above, one could be misled into believing that 2010 is comparable.
In fact, it has been about 750 days since any hurricane struck the US, and almost five years since a major hurricane arrived. So what’s up with the graph?
The map below shows the locations of these storms.
Many of these storms have been way out in the middle of the Atlantic – where they likely would not have been detected in 1933. Likewise, the peak intensity of the storms would have been recorded lower in the past. For example, hurricane Julia was a “major hurricane” for just a few hours. It is doubtful she would have been recorded as a major hurricane in 1933, and quite likely she would have been missed entirely. Lisa was barely a hurricane and far out in the ocean. Tropical storm Nicole was given a name, even though winds were tropical storm force for just a few minutes.
This is a clear case of technology bias, which plays right into alarmists hands. Look for Romm and crew to continue crowing about the “active hurricane season of 2010” – which was actually a total washout.
SST anomalies in the Gulf Of Mexico and Caribbean have dropped over the last 10 days.