Despite Al Gore’s continued dire warnings, most recently while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, 2016 is turning out to be a remarkably quiet storm year. This continues the dual trends of quiet storm seasons combined with Gore’s dire pronouncements of increased storm activity. We are often reminded not to mess with Mother Nature. Evidently, we should also take care not to mess with her sense of humor.
Tornado season, depending on your location in the United States, ranges anywhere from March to July or August. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2016 has had the second fewest tornadoes since 2005. Depending on how data revisions work out, 2016 will have among the fewest tornadoes of any year since records started being kept in 1954.
Of course, the fact that the historical record in the U.S. on cyclones only goes back 62 years is an issue the global warming alarmists hope you won’t notice.
Here’s the graph from the NOAA website.
Two things jump out. One, the 2016 total is significantly below average. And two, there is no discernible trend. Why, it almost seems as if the number of tornadoes per year is random—neither increasing nor decreasing over a period of 12 years.
Deaths attributed to tornadoes are also down:
Well, that’s just tornadoes. Maybe hurricanes are getting more frequent and more intense, as Al Gore also predicted.
For the record, the streak still stands. Hurricane Matthew reached Category 5 strength for a short time, but by the time it made brief landfall in the United States, it had weakened to Category 1.
I wasn’t able to find any contact information for Al Gore, so I couldn’t get his reaction to the NOAA reports about low tornado activity. Luckily, we have his statements about Hurricane Matthew from his time on the campaign trail with Hillary:
Clinton mentioned increased damage from last week’s Hurricane Matthew due to higher sea levels. But it was former Vice President Gore, ever the academic, climate-change science evangelist, who scored the Miami disaster trifecta. He tied global warming to Matthew — “from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours, that’s extremely unusual” — and to the faster spread of the Zika virus.
“Mother Nature is giving us a very clear and powerful message,” he intoned.
At the same event, Hillary Clinton said, “We’ve always had destructive hurricanes, but Hurricane Matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change.”
If you have the stomach to relive the election season that has now passed, you can watch the entire event.
Mother Nature, ever the prankster, teased us with this hurricane. Matthew spent a grand total of 6 hours as a Category 5 storm, far less than the record of 78 hours held by the Cuba Hurricane of 1932. Now, the damage and the risk to human life from Matthew were significant. Using this storm as proof of the effects of global warming, however, doesn’t pass muster.
Surveys continue to show that climate change is near the bottom of the list of priorities for American voters. The demonstrable fabrications by the Professional Left must be a strong factor. How many times can Chicken Little tell us the sky is falling before we start tuning him out? How long can the Democrats go on making this a major platform plank when so few people vote on this issue or make it a priority for society to solve? How many times can Al Gore cry wolf before the townsfolk begin to laugh at him?
I mean, Mother Nature is already taking pot shots at the guy.