Killer tornado count nil
The quiet 2014 tornado season thus far can be punctuated by one stat. No lives have been lost due to a tornado to date.
According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center's storm database, Americans are deeper into this year than any other since 1950 without mourning loss of life due to a tornado. Previously, 2002 had made it until April 21 when a fatality was attributed to a mobile home being struck by a tornado in rural Illinois.
According to research compiled by the Weather Channel on weather.com, to expand data beyond the modern era of tornado record-keeping, including inconsistent data from the 1880s, 2014 ranks #3 for the deepest into the year without a tornado death. In that entire timeframe, May 6, 1900 was the latest into a year that a tornado death had ever been reported.
With our calendar year isolated, the streak is very impressive. However, the longest total stretch of time without a killer tornado occurred over a 219 day period from late 2012 to early 2013. The current overall stretch is 123 days as one life was lost during an EF2 tornado in Mississippi on December 21, 2013.
Speaking of EF2 tornadoes, that is as strong of a twister that the United States has seen so far this year. The Weather Channel further reports that the absence of EF3 or stronger tornadoes this year is also a modern (1950) record. The lack of tornadoes on the much stronger side of the Enhanced Fujita Scale is one reason attributable to the zero death toll.
A widespread, multi-state severe weather outbreak is expected this weekend. Meteorologists and forecasters hope that watches, warnings and preparedness can keep our welcome stretch of safety intact.
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