Pielke Jr.: 'There is even evidence in our paper (see our Figure 2) that the period before 1970 saw more intense hurricane landfalls than the period since. Older data from the North Atlantic and Western North Pacific (which together represents 64% of all global intense landfalling hurricanes 1970-2010 and 69% of all hurricanes) indicates that landfalling intense hurricanes in these two basins occurred at a 40% higher rate from 1950-1969 than 1970-2010. There were 9 intense landfalls in 1964 and 1965 in just these two basins, which equals the global record for all basins post-1970.
'Two other five-year periods have seen 3 landfalls (years ending in 1984 and 1994). Prior to 1970 the fewest landfalls over a five-year period was 6. From 1940 to 1957, every 5-year period had more than 10 hurricane landfalls (1904-1920 was almost as active)...There is no evidence to support more or more intense US hurricanes. The data actually suggests much the opposite.'
'There have been 12 cyclones with death counts greater than 100,000 in recorded history. Almost half of them occurred during the 19th century. The two deadliest cyclones of the 20th century occurred during the 1970′s, and were blamed by climatologists on global cooling at the time.' 'US hurricane strikes also peaked during the 19th century'
'Typhoon Yolanda is claimed to be the strongest storm ever, with gusts of 275 kph. Yet back in 2006, Typhoon Reming recorded 320 kph. And in 1970, Typhoon Sening registered the same 275 kph. All figures are from the Philippine Met Agency, PAGOSA, and are calculated on the same basis, as the windspeeds at landfall.'
'Despite global warming during the 20th century the number of tropical cyclones annually making landfall in the Philippines did not experience any net change. All variability was merely oscillatory activity around a mean trend of zero slope'