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  •  seems that's milking a cherry-picked fact... (5+ / 0-)

    ...you've defined "major hurricane" as a Category 3 or up, and then presented only those landfalls.

    However, for instance, from 2002 to 2012, Louisiana has seen Category 1 & up landfalls 8 times.

    The historical data shows that 3-5 hurricanes should be expected in ten or eleven years. So, the last ten years or so has seen close to double the number of hurricanes here in LA.

    There's never been a period in the historical record that even comes close to the last 7 hurricane seasons in Louisiana.

    More hurricanes, with more frequent landfalls, by a fair-sized percentage.

    Now, you may not call a Category 1 a "major" storm,  tho' folks who live with the now-more-frequently occurring damage that even Category 1's can cause, well, folks on the Gulf Coast would probably differ with ya on that matter.

    Source of this info:
    NOAA's Chronological List of All Continental United States Hurricanes: 1851-2011.

    Cheers.

    •  Spot on (1+ / 0-)
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      luckydog

      "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure."

    •  By Bon Temps logic - Superstorm Sandy, (2+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, luckydog

      estimated to be among the top 5 most damaging storms in US history is down in the "noise" of ordinary weather variation.

      Superstorm Sandy was 800 miles wide. When the high tide came Monday morning, it never left. That was almost 12 hours before landfall, the storm was pushing so much water that New York Harbor, Long Island Sound and all along the south shore - it stayed at high tide the whole freaking day!

      That's why the storm surge was so devastaing - it came ON TOP of high tide, on beaches and sealwalls that had been holding against the pressure of high tide for 12 full hours.

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