With hurricanes Harvey and Irma dominating the headlines one would be forgiven for wondering if these and other natural disasters are a confirmation of the catastrophic man-made global warming narrative. With large swathes of Texas already deluged by the flood waters dumped by Harvey, and Florida in imminent danger of catastrophic storms courtesy of Irma, many of the mainstream media outlets are using this as an opportunity to reinforce the idea that warmer temperatures and oceans are causing these disasters.
It is important to maintain perspective though. Natural disasters, even those that have caused massive, widespread damage, are by no means unique to our time. As The Weather Channel notes, “Throughout history hurricanes and tropical storms have caused massive amounts of damage and misery in the United States.” [Emphasis added]
The site goes on to list some of the most damaging weather events in U.S. history, including:
- Two hurricanes which struck Louisiana and Georgia/South Carolina respectively in 1893, killing thousands;
- A category 4 hurricane that killed between 8,000 and 12,000 people in Galveston, Texas, in 1900;
- A devastating hurricane which took between 2,500 and 3,000 lives in South East Florida in 1928; and
- Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,200 people directly and left 80 percent of New Orleans under water in 2005.
This is a pattern which dates all the way back to ancient times, with a famous example being the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ancient Rome in 79 A.D. (Related: Discover the truth about global warming and climate change at ClimateScienceNews.com)
The History Channel explains what happened: