Rush said the National Hurricane Center, as part of the National Weather Service, was part of an Obama conspiracy designed to perpetuate the global warming myth stared by Al Gore after Hurricane Katrina.
The conservative talk show host said that until Matthew, the U.S. had been in a hurricane drought, according to statements posted on Media Matters.
"We had 11 years of no hurricanes, 11 straight years of no major hurricanes."
"The fact is, you don't need a Category 3+ hurricane to produce major impacts, including storm surge flooding, rainfall flooding and damaging winds, among others."
During the "hurricane drought" the U.S. witnessed Tropical Storm Bill in 2015, which caused flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma; Hurricane Arthur in 2014, which hammered North Carolina with 101 mph winds and a 4.5 storm surge.
Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012 causing some $71.4 billion in damage, while Hurricane Isaac pummeled the Gulf Coast with storm surges 17 feet high later that year.
Tropical Storm Debby never made landfall, but still caused massive flooding in Florida and Georgia in 2012. Tropical Storm Lee brought 10 inches of rain to the Gulf Coast in 2011, while Hurricane Irene caused $15.8 billion in damages to New Jersey and New England.
Also on the list were Hurricane Alex in 2010, Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Rush Limbaugh, however, maintained that media reports of damaging storms were merely a ploy by Obama and the left to perpetuate the global warming myth, reports Alternet.
"Eleven straight years of no major hurricanes striking land in the United States, which just bores a hole right through the whole climate change argument."
"Hurricane is good luck for Obama again – he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars."