On December 4, 2011 it will have been 2,232 days since Hurricane Wilma made landfall along the Gulf coast as a category 3 storm back in 2005. That number of days will break the existing record of days between major US hurricane landfalls, which previously was between 8 Sept 1900 (the great Galveston Hurricane) and 19 Oct 1906. Since there won’t be any intense hurricanes before next summer, the record will be shattered, with the days between intense hurricane landfalls likely to exceed 2,500 days.
After Katrina the global warming crowd predicted more and worse hurricanes. But Katrina wasn’t a particularly bad hurricane. It just happened to hit New Orleans dead on and the levees just happened to collapse, which is why the city flooded.
Furthermore there’s no evidence that global warming contributed to increased hurricanes. Far from it. And beyond that the scientific consensus now is that from roughly 1998 to 2008 global warming stopped despite continuing increases in global atmospheric CO2 concentrations.
So, to check their record. They said it would get hotter, but it didn’t. They said the hurricanes would get increase, but they didn’t. People respect science because it has predictive value. When a field of science stops having predictive value you can stop respecting it without enduring accusations of being a denialist.