Fewer Tornadoes in 2012September 26th, 2012 at 12:48 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the graphic or click here to enlarge. NOAA/Storm Prediction Center released this statement: ““After a busy start, tornado events in the U.S. in 2012 have dropped well below the expected normal. The preliminary total of 757 tornadoes is about 400 tornadoes below what might be expected in a typical year. This chart shows that in late 2011, the annual running total was over 400 tornadoes above normal. This depicts the dramatic variability that can occur in tornado numbers from one year to the next.” The state with the most tornadoes this year has been Kansas with 145 (or 19.2% of U.S. tornadoes). Second is Texas (100), followed by Kentucky (64) and Alabama (61). Michigan has reported 7 tornadoes in 2012 (none in the WOOD viewing area), 114 reports of hail 1″ or greater, and 252 reports of wind damage. Forty of the 68 tornado fatalities this year occurred on March 2nd. Of the 68 fatalities, 48 were people who were in mobile homes, 16 were in permanent home, 2 were in vehicles and 2 out in the open. Here’s a graph of the number of strong to severe tornadoes (EF3, EF4, EF5) since 1950.