No major hurricanes have slammed into the coast of the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The gap in these hurricanes making landfall is the longest in recorded history and is incredibly rare, researchers report.
Many hurricanes in recent years have reached Category 3 or above while out to sea, but they’ve all fizzled into weaker storms before coming ashore. The landfall drought is probably a temporary run of good luck rather than a climate shift. The researchers estimate that there’s a 61 percent chance the drought will continue through this year.
Number of hurricane seasons since a Category 3 or stronger hurricane made landfall in the United States
Average number of years between landfall droughts lasting nine or more seasons
Source: T. Hall and K. Hereid/Geophysical Research Letters 2015