U.S. hurricane drought still in record territory: ‘Almost nine years since the last major hurricane struck the US’
'Remember, we are talking MAJOR hurricanes, of Category 3 strength or higher. The last major hurricane was Hurricane Wilma which hit Florida on October 24, 2005. This is unprecedented in the hurricane record since 1900. Its a full 2 1/2 years ahead of the second-longest US hurricane drought ever recorded.
Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. is a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He writes: "Since 1900 US hurricane seasons have seen more than 20% less landfalls and are more than 20% less intense."
The above graph shows hurricane landfalls have declined in the US since 1900. And the strength of storms has declined as well. Using NOAA data, we do see a decline in intensity of land falling US hurricanes since 1900.'