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To begin with, the number of tornadoes in the US this year is on pace to be the lowest total since 2000 and it may turn out to be the lowest
total in several decades. The table below lists the number of tornadoes in the US for this year (through 10/17) and also for each year going back to
Source: NOAA, www.spc.noaa.gov...
Year # of Tornadoes
Second, the number of wildfires across the US so far this year is on pace to be the lowest it has been in the past ten years and the acreage involved
is at the second lowest level in that same time period (table below).
(Source: National Interagency Fire Center; www.nifc.gov...
2013 Fires: 40,306 Acres: 4,152,390
2012 Fires: 67,774 Acres: 9,326,238
2011 Fires: 74,126 Acres: 8,711,367
2010 Fires: 62,471 Acres: 3,233,461
2009 Fires: 78,792 Acres: 5,921,786
2008 Fires: 80,094 Acres: 5,254,109
2007 Fires: 85,822 Acres: 9,321,326
2006 Fires: 96,358 Acres: 9,871,939
2005 Fires: 66,552 Acres: 8,686,753
2004 Fires: 63,608 Acres: 8,097,880
*2013 data through 10/16
In addition to wildfires, extreme heat is also way down across the US this year. In fact, the number of 100 degree days across the country during
2013 is not only down for this year, but it is perhaps going to turn out to be the lowest in about 100 years of records
(Source: NOAA, USHCN reporting stations; through August)
Finally, as far as hurricanes are concerned and keeping in mind that the season isn't over yet, there have been only two hurricanes so far this year
in the Atlantic Basin (Humberto and Ingrid) and they were both short-lived and weak category 1 storms. Also, the first forming hurricane this year
occurred at the second latest date going back to the mid 1940’s when hurricane hunters began to fly. Overall, the tropical season in the Atlantic
Basin has been generally characterized by short-lived and weak systems.
Finally, another interesting stat with respect to hurricanes has to do with the fact that we are currently in the longest period since the
Civil War Era without a major hurricane strike in the US (i.e., category 3, 4 or 5). The last major hurricane to strike the US was Hurricane Wilma
during late October of that record-breaking year of 2005 - let’s hope this historic stretch continues. By the way, just as a point of comparison, in
1954 the US was hit by 3 major hurricanes in less than 10 weeks
Now from Al Gore
“The most powerful voice is that of Mother Nature, the increasing storms, floods, droughts and other extreme events,” Gore said.
“We’re paying the cost of carbon every day and we should put a price on carbon in markets and put a price on denial in the political
The former vice president plans a 24-hour broadcast starting Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. in Los Angeles to highlight the price humans are paying around
the world because of carbon pollution. The show, entitled 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, will be streamed on his climaterealityproject.org
Sorry to our international members these numbers deal with the U.S.A. However, if Mr. Gore and his friends get their way everyone will be paying money
one way or the other. The plan is to bring the cost of coal, gas and oil up to the price of what is today called renewables through taxes and making
coal fired power plants to costly to operate much less build...
Anyway I thought the numbers presented were interesting especially since one (me) would have thought they were much worse..