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U.S. in Longest Stretch Without Major Hurricane Landfall Since 1860s
By Mark E. Ruquet.
“The U.S. has gone seven consecutive years without a landfalling major hurricane, the longest stretch since the 1860s, a meteorologist with Aon Benfield’s catastrophe modeler says.
“The United States is certainly in a quiet period, with Hurricane Wilma in 2005 being the last major hurricane to make landfall in the United States,” Steve Bowen, senior scientist at Impact Forecasting, said during a webinar today.
In fact, Bowen said 2012 marks the fourth consecutive year of below-average tropical-cyclone landfall on a global basis. However, despite the slowdown in tropical-cyclone landfalls, global catastrophe losses in 2012 were 36 percent higher than the 10-year average, an Impact Forecasting report notes…. ” Hardly surprising as the global population and economy grows!