In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Al Gore made some observations on hurricanes and extreme weather, all of which turned out to be untrue. Gore was quoted as saying, "they" are thinking of adding category 6 to the hurricane scale and also that we are going through an unprecedented streak of extreme weather.
Al Gore has a long standing policy of refusing to debate climate change, which allows him to make outlandish statements, without getting called on them. The first stop in fact checking his interview with the WaPo is the National Hurricane Center, who is the federal agency who categorizes hurricanes. In response to a question from Jason Samenow of the WaPo, the NHC replied:
“No, we’re not pursuing any such change. I’m also not sure who VP Gore means by ‘they.’ I’d also point out that the top rating, Category 5, has no ceiling: it includes hurricanes with top sustained winds of 157mph and higher.”
Researcher, Roger Pielke, Jr. of the University of Colorado, testified before congress that there has not been an increase in hurricanes, droughts, floods or tornadoes. He also testified that not only hasn't hurricanes increased in numbers, they have also not increased in intensity. We are currently in the middle of the longest stretch without a Category 3 hurricane since at least before 1900.
Pelke pointed out that is plenty of scientific data to support that contention. It is backed up by research gatherers at the U.S. government’s research agencies and even by the IPCC. (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Pelke told congress that:
“the US has not seen an increase in hurricane landfall frequency or intensity since at least 1900, nor in measures of damage, normalized for societal change. In fact, the US is presently in the longest stretch without a Category 3+ hurricane landfall since at least 1900.”
This year, between July 24th and August 19th, the United States has seen temperatures set record colds no less than 2,899 times as opposed to 667 record high temperatures. Climategate scientist, Phil Jones admitted after the emails were revealed that has not been any real increase in temperatures since 1995.