Another One For The Books

The record-breaking Fall 2017 natural disasters continue in force as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia strike Ireland and the U.K., bringing with it hurricane-force gusts. Several people have reportedly been killed and nearly 400,000 homes and businesses are without power. It was the most powerful cyclone to strike the British Isles in 56 years. That makes this storm highly unusual.

Strange and unusual weather happens from time to time, but what year can possibly be compared to this year? It’s the convergence of these events in Fall 2017 that piques the interest. Those scoffers who say nothing is happening are blind to reality.

1. Most powerful cyclone in the British Isles in 56 years – 30 foot waves were recorded.
2. Deadliest wildfire in California’s history still ongoing (40+ killed, 99+ still missing, 5,700+ structures destroyed, 220,000+ acres burned).
3. Deadliest earthquake in Mexico in 32 years.
4. Days before #3, the most powerful earthquake in North America in 50 years, which was the most powerful quake in Mexico in 85 years.
5. Harvey: most rainfall from any storm in U.S. history; possibly costliest disaster in U.S. history; first major hurricane to make U.S. landfall in 12 years.
6. Irma: most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic; lowest central pressure of a hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic; the longest, most powerful sustained winds ever recorded for a cyclone anywhere in the world; longest lasting Category 5 hurricane in 51 years.
7. Maria: first Category 5 and most powerful hurricane ever to hit Dominica. Most powerful hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 89 years.
8. The most powerful solar flare since 2003 and the most powerful solar flare to hit earth since 1997.
9. Largest wildfire in Los Angeles history.
10. Worst monsoon and flooding in South Asia in decades in which over 1,300 were killed.

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