Very Few Tornadoes

April 27th, 2013 at 11:39 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

tornado count   Click the image to enlarge or click here to enlarge.  As of 11:20 PM Sat…no tornadoes have been reported in the U.S. today and only 6 reports of minor wind damage.  Through 4/26, we’ve had a preliminary count of 227 tornadoes in the U.S.  That compares to an average of 507.  The preliminary count is usually reduced as duplicate reports of the same tornado are eliminated.  In fact, the Storm Prediction Center says that the final count for March may be the fewest number of tornadoes ever in any March.   A reason for the low numbers of tornadoes is the cold air that has covered much of the area east of the Rockies.  This has set up more large areas of slow-moving overrunning rain rather than severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  Tonight it’s parts of the Houston, Texas area getting hammered with 5-7″ of rain.  Check out the Food Mart that collapsed due to the weight of water on the roof.  So far this year we have had 3 tornado fatalities in the U.S. (in 3 separate tornadoes, all in Gulf Coast states).  Two of the three fatalities occurred to people inside mobile homes.  I would expect the overall tornado count to stay below average at least into early May, but pick up in late May and June.

8 Responses to “Very Few Tornadoes”

  1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    They always say, it’s calm before the storm. It’s good to see that the Mississippi River is no longer bone dry.

    1. fixxxerswrist says:

      ill tell what you is bone dry its master after seeing a nipple ring

  2. big Daddy BC says:

    “Six months later, residents of the New York area are still struggling to recover from a climate-fueled monster storm that surged up and over retaining walls last fall, and destroyed countless homes. So, it’s worth remembering a simple fact: Global warming is increasing the intensity of hurricanes, and Sandy is a prime example.”

    http://www.livescience.com/28489-sandy-after-six-months.html

    1. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

      “There is a common misconception that since the global temperature has increased, hurricanes also must increase in number and intensity. The primary factor in the ability of a hurricane to strengthen or weaken is the wind shear profile of the atmosphere – not water temperature. It has been warm enough in the tropics to produce hurricanes for a very long time. The temperature for tropical cyclone formation equates to a sea surface temperature of about 80°F. If the behavior of hurricanes are studied, cases can be found where hurricanes have strengthened over cooler water and have weakened over warmer water. There may be a small “boost” to a hurricane’s strength as it moves over the Gulf Stream if upper air wind profiles do not change much. Some of the computer generated hurricane models have this bias built in and will rapidly strengthen a tropical cyclone if predicted to go over a warm pool of water.”

      http://www.tropicalweather.net/global_warmings_effects_on_hurricanes.htm

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Congress passed a 50.7-BILLION dollar Sandy Relief Bill! 50.7 Billion Dollars is about what the ENTIRE BUDGET of the state of New Jersey is! That’s $164.08 PER PERSON in the U.S! What would your reaction be if someone came to your door and demanded $164.08 PER PERSON in your family. There was money for fish hatcheries in Alaska in the Sandy bill.

      How much of that money is actually helping any of those people! The bill was passed in January. It’s almost May! Anyone in the Press want to hold Congress accountable? Anyone??

      Hurricane Sandy was the most minimal of hurricanes (Category 1 – barely, 75 mph at landfall).

      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/hurricane/story/2012-08-14/hurricane-prepared-katrina/57192442/1 “… the longest period the nation has gone without a hit from a major hurricane since the government began keeping records in 1851.”

  3. big Daddy BC says:

    Kind of ironic that the USA TODAY piece was written in August. Along came Sandy in October. It was Irene in New England the year before. It’s actually a nice piece about how complacent we become. Our memories are indeed short. Look how quickly you repubs forgot about GWB! LOL

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Kind of ironic that the Federal Government can pass a 50.7 BILLION dollar Sandy relief bill and the people in need aren’t being helped. If you want more effective hurricane relief…cut the 50.7 BILLION down to 50.7 MILLION and give half to the Red Cross and half to the Salvation Army and they’ll probably get more relief to more people quicker.

      Sandy at landfall supposedly had winds of 80 mph, though land reports at the time of landfall were 70-73 mph. (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2012/al18/al182012.update.10300002.shtml) Hurricane activity has been minimal since 2005. The U.S. has now gone longer than any time in history without a major hurricane hit (Category 3 or higher). Sandy was barely a minimum Category 1 storm at landfall.

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