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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 157 -- Hurricanes.

U.S. Hurricane Strikes, 1851-2004-


The average number of hurricanes per decade is 17.7, with 6 "major hurricanes" (category 3, 4, or 5, on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) over the same frame.

We may very well exceed the decade average from 2001 to 2010 at the rate we're going. But we're unlikely to hit the 1940s mark in serious hurricanes-- nor in overall hurricanes.

It is also pertinent to note that the general trend actually seems to be that of slight decline over the years. Imagine that.

Amazingly, from 1851 to 2004, the U.S. averaged only 1.2 category 4 hurricane strikes per decade, and only three category 5 hurricanes have hit the U.S.

181 (two-thirds of) hurricanes have been category 1 or 2.
92 (one-third of) hurricanes have been category 3, 4, or 5.


National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 2 September 2005 11:15 AM


But don't you know that global warming will cause a new ice age? So of course there will be fewer hurricanes. Twentieth-Century Fox studios says so! QED

Or was that Kevin Costner in "Waterworld"?

There are too many disaster "docudramas" to keep straight anymore.


Posted by: KipEsquire at September 2, 2005 11:49 AM

Hey wait a minute... I thought because of EVIL oil and EVIL cars that the earth was getting warmer which meant more powerful and more frequent storms???

You have not crushed my world view. I need to find something else to believe in.


Gee, I wonder why this is not a graphic on CNN?

Posted by: WunderKraut at September 2, 2005 12:10 PM

I blame Karl Rove.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at September 2, 2005 01:21 PM

No I blame Rove!

Posted by: WunderKraut at September 2, 2005 02:47 PM

NO!...I Blame Karl Rove! AND Global Warming!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 2, 2005 03:43 PM

At some point some of these refugees are going to have to clean up after themselves and quit expecting everyone to cater to them!...I keep hearing people talk about how the service is better in Houston! I don't mean to sound so snarky! BUT reality needs to set in for these people who are able!... They have to get cleaned up and start over!...Donations are going to help alot! BUT... Blessed are those who will help themselves!... I am doing everything I personally can do to help! I hope everyone will do anything they can!...God Bless them all so much!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 2, 2005 04:21 PM

Give a man a fish. He will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish. He will eat forever. Is that What you meant Zsa?

Posted by: Bill at September 2, 2005 06:17 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 2, 2005 09:02 PM

9/3/05 3:05 P.M. - (AP) BATON ROUGE: The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency joined the Louisiana government Saturday to help direct the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

James Lee Witt, who ran FEMA from 1993 to 2001, said he will stay as long as he as needed.

"He will sit at the table for me, and he will be my voice at the table," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said.

Louisiana officials are getting stretched too thin and need help, she said. "I like to hire the smartest people in the country," she added.

Witt has more than 25 years of disaster management experience. He was appointed to head FEMA in 1993, after President Clinton took office. FEMA had been strongly criticized in 1992 for its slow response to Hurricanes Andrew and Hugo; after Witt took over, it won praise for its vigorous reaction to Midwest floods and the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles.

Blanco said that when she told Mike Brown, FEMA's current head, that she hoped to hire him, "he said, `That is absolutely the right thing to do. He will make a huge difference."'

At the National Hurricane Conference in March, Witt said putting FEMA under the Homeland Security Department hurt its ability to deal with natural disasters.

Posted by: Steven D. Rivas at September 3, 2005 03:53 PM

That really wouldn't have mattered, either way. This is a unique situation. Bureaucratic reshuffling wouldn't have made any difference here.

Posted by: Will Franklin at September 3, 2005 03:56 PM