I’ve been waiting to see some of these dire and deadly predictions of the leftist global warming crowd to come true. So far Al Gore’s claims have been more hot air than tropical air as far as the increase and severity of tropical, AKA hurricane, storms and weather. So far this season, we have had to endure four named storms, none of which caused any real damage beyond what a run of the mill, heavy wind and rain storm would cause. And number four for the year, Fred, looks like it will fizzle into nothing without making landfall.
This being the case, and with little to show in the way of increased calamity, I thought I would take a look at the numbers and see what was what with the real hurricane records, and see if there was in fact a trend towards the increasingly dangerous storms the global warming crowd wants us to believe is occurring. I don’t know where they get there data from, but I took mine from the Weather Underground’s historical data site. Since there is over 150 years of data, I only copied snippets for the month of September, and the total of storms for that season. I have also listed the total number of actual hurricanes recorded.
1859; total of eight, three in September-(seven hurricanes)
1869; total of ten, five in September-(seven hurricanes)
1879; total of seven, none in September-(six hurricanes)
1889; total of nine, five in September-(six hurricanes)
1899; total of nine, one in September-(five hurricanes)
1909; total of eleven, two in September-(six hurricanes)
1919; total of five, three in September-(two hurricanes)
1929; total of three, one in September-(three hurricanes)
1939; total of five, one in September-(three hurricanes)
1949; total of thirteen, seven in September-(seven hurricanes)
1959; total of eleven, three in September-(seven hurricanes)
1969; total of eighteen, six in September-(twelve hurricanes)
1979; total of nine, two in September-(five hurricanes)
1989; total of eleven, two in September-(seven hurricanes)
1999; total of twelve, three in September-(eight hurricanes)
2000; total of fifteen, seven in September-(eight hurricanes)
2001; total of fifteen, four in September-(nine hurricanes)
2002; total of twelve, eight in September-(four hurricanes)
2003; total of sixteen, five in September-(seven hurricanes)
2004; total of fifteen, four in September-(nine hurricanes)
2005; total of twenty eight, five in September-(fourteen hurricanes)
2006; total of ten, four in September- (five hurricanes)
2007; total of fifteen, seven in September-(six hurricanes)
2008; total of sixteen, four in September- (eight hurricanes)
It seems that the average over the 140 years from 1859 to 1999 we averaged 6 hurricanes per year. From 2000 to 2008, we have averaged 7 hurricanes per year. However, if we eliminate the anomalous year of 2005, that gives us an average of just six hurricanes per year. Not much of an increase in the number of hurricanes, is there? One of the reasons there seems to be more storms is that after the global warming wagon train got rolling in 2000/2001, more storms were recorded as severe, thus falsely increasing the numbers of tropical grade storms that were added to the equation. If we look at the severity of the hurricane seasons based upon true hurricanes, there really is no increase in activity.
The same average is held to over the last ten years as we have had for the entirety of the 140 year time span before the year 2000. Between six and seven hurricanes has been a pretty constant average, so how can the global warming activists get away with using the storm data to prove their point? Because the rest of us sit around and don’t dare question the facts because it continues to be politically incorrect to question the so called A crowd. The A crowd seems to be a flock of sheep, if you ask me. One sheep wanders off in a particular direction and the rest follow, simply because no other sheep wants to challenge the sheep that seems to lead the flock on that particular day.
But the day is coming when a new sheep will arise and lead the liberal flock in a new direction. What then for the rest of us? Do we wrangle with all of the regulation and costs imposed upon us by a special few as a way to combat this bogus global warming mantra? What will be the next round of controls and legislation imposed upon this nation? Will we be forced to carry national ID cards that will be issued as a result of the current H1N1 swine flu pandemic that doesn’t really seem to be a problem either? It is time that American patriots of all walks of life stand up to be heard. We need to demand that these regulatory actions be stopped and reversed. We need to demand that our economy be freed from the millstone of government regulation. We need to return to a way of living that places quality of life and moral standing at the foremost place in our lives.
We need to return to being Americans, and not some cowering citizen of the world, eager to kiss the UNs bootstraps, all the while sniveling in our shame and degradation for being the greatest nation on earth. Take your flag, your Bible, and your copy of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, go down to your local town hall and get involved. Start taking America back from the hands of those who create a self imposed socialist nation out of America. And do it now!