Very Few TornadoesApril 27th, 2013 at 11:39 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.