"After a week of hype, Hurricane Joaquin did not actually directly hit the U.S., thus continuing the country?s decade-long period without a major hurricane making landfall.
The U.S. has not seen a major hurricane ? Category 3 or higher ? make landfall since Hurricane Wilma hit on Oct. 24 2005. The nearly decade-long hurricane drought has come as a big surprise to climate scientists and environmentalists who have argued that global warming will make storms more frequent and intense."