Hurricanes? Down!

More evidence that there is no upward trend in hurricanes. This from insurance consulting company AON Benfield:

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.

But, here is a key statistic:


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.
The problem clearly isn't more hurricanes or stronger hurricanes. The problem is we keep increasing the amount and value (wealth) of development on the coast -- in harm's way.  

Are hurricane damages up? Yep. Is it due to global warming? No. 

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