A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

You want facts, then I'll give you facts.....

Just in case you might be tempted to be taken in by 'Green' claims being made today that we are witnessing an increase in extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, just read the brilliant comment and analysis at The Daily Ablution blog: 'An exercise in political opportunism; enlightenment through property destruction (August 18).

And for your immediate delectation, here are the decadal statistics for hurricane hits on the mainland USA from 1900 until the start of this year[(a) = all strikes; (b) = major strikes, according to the Saffir-Simpson Categories]:

1900 - 1909 (a) 16; (b) 6;
1910 - 1919 (a) 19; (b) 8;
1920 - 1929 (a) 15; (b) 5;
1930 - 1939 (a) 17; (b) 8;
1940 - 1949 (a) 23; (b) 8;
1950 - 1959 (a) 18; (b) 9;
1960 - 1969 (a) 15; (b) 6;
1970 - 1979 (a) 12; (b) 4;
1980 - 1989 (a) 16; (b) 6;
1990 - 1999 (a) 14; (b) 5;
2000 to date (a) 1; (b) 0.

(Source: 'U.S. Hurricane Strikes by Decade', National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, NOAA).

Another set of factoids for Our Polly and Tony J. to enjoy. No comment needed.

Big hat tip to The Daily Ablution.

Philip, off like a hurricane for his cuppa.

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