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Sorry Global Warmists, But Extreme Weather Events Are Becoming Less Extreme

May 30, 2013

Just about every type of extreme weather event is becoming less frequent and less severe in recent years as our planet continues its modest warming in the wake of the Little Ice Age. While global warming activists attempt to spin a narrative of ever-worsening weather, the objective facts tell a completely different story, says James Taylor in Forbes.

Hurricane inactivity is setting all-time records.

  • The United States is undergoing its longest stretch in recorded history without a major hurricane strike, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data.
  • It has been more than 2,750 days since a major hurricane struck the United States.
  • This easily smashes the prior record of less than 2,300 days between major hurricane strikes.

The number of tornadoes is also at an all-time low, even with enhanced detection capability.

Pretty much all other extreme weather events are also becoming less frequent and less severe.

  • Soil moisture is in long-term improvement at nearly all sites in the Global Soil Moisture Data Bank.
  • Droughts are less frequent and less severe than in prior, colder centuries.
  • The number of wildfires is in long-term decline, despite a recent change in wildfire policy that no longer actively suppresses wildfires.

Just about any way you measure it, extreme weather events are becoming quite rare.

Source: James Taylor, "Sorry Global Warmists, But Extreme Weather Events Are Becoming Less Extreme," Forbes, May 8, 2013.


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