In the midst of the ongoing disaster in the southeast, Dr. Roy Spencer has some comforting words.
To those of you who have had to evacuate, or are attempting to hunker down and weather the storm (please be safe), take solace in the fact that the hurricane "drought" continues unabated!http://www.drroyspencer.com/2016/10/4001-days-the-major-hurricane-drought-continues/
You see, this hurricane has not yet met the technical definition of landfall, which is the center of the eye crossing into land. So per Spencer's defined criteria, Matthew doesn't count.
Never mind that what's happening now is WORSE than landfall, because the hurricane is inflicting damage along a much greater stretch of shore due since it's staying over water, which is its source of energy. Over land, it would quickly dissipate into a mere rain event.
That's why superstorm Sandy, and Matthew, well they simply don't count. Just ignore all the damage they've caused-- it means nothing.