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Tornado Numbers Below Average So Far for 2013

Storm Prediction Center (NWS) Tornado Count for 2013 in the United States. Storm Prediction Center (NWS) Tornado Count for 2013 in the United States.

Good morning and happy Thursday! We are now in middle November… so thought we would take a look back at tornado and hurricane activity for the year so far.

Hurricanes numbers have been down… and so have tornadoes! Great news for 2013 in the weather department!

The United States is having its second consecutive below average tornado season and one of the calmest years for tornadoes in more than 20 years.

Except for a rough stretch in late May… which included a deadly EF5 tornado that devastated parts of suburban Oklahoma City…  killing 24 people…  the year overall has been unusually quiet.

So far… through October… there have been about 818 reports of tornadoes. In a typical full year… based on data from 1993 to 2012… the USA has more than 1,250 tornadoes.

November and December tend to be slow months for tornadoes… so it's unlikely the yearly total will come anywhere close to that number.

Since 1990…  the only other year that was quieter than this year was 2002… when only 741 tornadoes were reported from January through October.

2012… combined with the 2013 season… is the quietest two year period since the late 1980s.

The two quiet years come on the heels of the deadly and destructive 2011 tornado season… when more than 1,600 tornadoes killed 553 people and did more than $27 billion in property damages.

So far… 45 Americans have died due to tornadoes this year. Forty-two of those killed were in May. On average… tornadoes kill about 60 Americans each year.

Tornadoes typically affect the U.S. more than any other nation. Each year… the U.S. experiences about 80% to 90% of all of the tornadoes that occur across the world.

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