2013 Breaks Record For Least Extreme Weather In US History: Dire Predictions Evaporate With Few Tornadoes And Hurricanes
Polar ice caps may be melting, sea level may be rising, and ferocious storms may be wiping out entire communities around the globe, but a new study found the past year to be almost a sleeper for extreme weather in the U.S., if you consider only 771 tornadoes and only about 23,000 record high temperatures a quiet year — at least in comparison to years past.
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Forecasts of increasingly extreme weather events in the U.S. have been "way off the mark," whether it's about hurricanes, heat, tornadoes or wildfires, according to a new study of weather data by The SI Organization, which provides weather information for regions across the U.S.
The scientific reports of global warming don't hold water in study, which found that the number of 100 degree days across the country during 2013 were lower than the five summers that hit the 100-degree mark most often — 1930,1934,1936, 1954, and 1980. Another finding that pokes a hole in the balloon of extreme weather predictions is that maximum high and minimum highs were down to 22,965 in 2013, compared to 56,885 last year.
As for Atlantic hurricanes, the 2013 season is described as having "short-lived and weak systems," with only two category 1 storms, Humberto and Ingrid, making an appearance, according to the report. Many communities vulnerable to the destructive pounding of hurricanes are likely breathing a sigh of relief at the low incidence of hurricanes in 2013, and even for several years past, a phase described in The SI Organization report as "...the longest period since the Civil War Era without a major hurricane strike in the U.S., meaning a category 3, 4, or 5, with the last major hit in the U.S. being Hurricane Wilma during late October 2005." That was the same year Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast and left swaths of Louisana, Mississippi, and Alabama reeling, with portions of those regions still recovering from the devastation. The SI Organization report points out that in 1954, the U.S. was hit by three major hurricanes in less than 10 weeks.
Wildfires were also down, with about 46,000 fires burning more than four million acres in 2013, compared to more than 56,000 wildfires affecting about nine milion acres in 2012, and nearly 70 wildfires impacting more than eight million acres in 2011, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center.
Much to the chagrin of man-made global warming activists who want to tie every weather event to so-called "global weirding," 2013 has turned out to be one of the "least extreme" weather years in U.S. history, according to Climate Depot. While the report documents the low count of extreme weather events in 2013, former Vice President Al Gore continues to warn about the impacts of climate change. Gore urged Senate Democrats to act boldly on global warming in a closed-door lunch in mid-December, The Washington Post reported.
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