Currently swirling in the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew is now a Category 3 storm and is expected to move northwest. If Matthew stays a Category 3 or higher and actually makes landfall over the eastern seaboard, it will have been 11 years since a major hurricane struck the United States. Climate experts have claimed that in a warming world, there would be more major hurricanes. Even Al Gore has championed that now-discredited narrative.

Satellite imagery shows Matthew has developed an eye, which generally foretells of an intensifying storm. Over the next three days, it’s expected to move west, southwest, before moving north and toward the East Coast.

The last major hurricane to hit the U.S. was Wilma. According to computer model forecasts, Matthew is expected to head northward on Sunday, moving over Jamaica and/or east of the island.

Losing steam over Cuba?

Meteorologists also expect it to pass over Haiti and Cuba as it heads north, where it may lose its distinctive eye over land. Once it leaves Cuba, it’s expected to travel over the Bahamas on its northward trek. Other model forecasts show it moving off to the northeast. It’s also possible that Matthew may move further west, impacting the East Coast later next week.

The National Hurricane Center says that with winds peaking at 115 miles per hour, it could strengthen over the next few days and become an even stronger hurricane.

Strongest storm of season

Current computer model forecasts show Matthew may stay far enough offshore to have little impact on South Jersey, but waves and rip currents will be an issue next week.

Currently, states along much of the East Coast are monitoring all available models and trying to predict what Matthew will do. For 2016, Matthew will be the strongest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season (so far) and if it does make landfall, will break the historic 11-year hurricane drought.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and its storm surge decimated much of that area when it swept on land as a Category 3 storm.

Climate scientists said that Katrina would be the rule rather than the exception and we should expect more powerful storms to hit the United States. Instead, we’ve gone 4,000 days without a major hurricane making landfall, which is unprecedented since recordkeeping began in the 1800s.

Hillary and hurricanes

Hillary Clinton blamed Hurricane Hermine on climate change at an early-September rally in Tampa, Florida, even though it made landfall as a Category 1 storm. Clinton said that more storms like Hermine were coming, ostensibly unaware that when the storm hit Florida it was a barely a tropical storm, and then never regained strength off the Mid-Atlantic in spite of very warm ocean water.

Even meteorologist Joe Bastardi said likening Hermine to climate change was “deceptive and indicative of a person out of touch on this matter. It’s that simple.”

If Hermine is any indication of politicians using storms as an election-year issue, then Matthew will be touted as an apocalyptic event. Bastardi wants people to remember that the 1940s was by far the most active decade for hurricanes, calling it the “Grand Central Station for major hurricanes.” He notes that carbon dioxide levels, blamed largely for any increase in temperatures, were well below 350 parts per million (PPM).

Today CO2 levels hover at 400 PPM and are expected to rise unless the world stops using all fossil fuels.

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