Few Weather “Events” and Record CropsNovember 4th, 2013 at 2:27 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The first image on the left is the US Annual number of strong tornadoes (rated EF3 to EF5). The count is relatively low for 2013 and you can see that if anything, we are getting fewer strong tornadoes than back in the 50s and 60s. The second image is the tornado count for this year and going back to 2005. Adjusted for “inflation” (we’re counting tornadoes much better than we did back 50 years ago), the tornado count for this year is at a near record recent low. The third image deals with the lack of hurricanes in the Atlantic this year. The Insurance Institute said “The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season looks set to go down as a big washout, marking the first time in 45 years that the strongest storm to form was just a minor Category 1 hurricane.” At this point, the global ACE Index (Accumulated Tropical Cyclone Energy) is at a record low (since 1970) for 2013. 2013 has also seen the lowest number of wildfires since 1984 in the U.S. and the 2nd lowest number of acres burned in at least the last 10 years. Good weather has produced a bumper crop of apples in Michigan this year. It could be an all-time record yield. Same thing for the U.S. corn crop… and for peas. Canada has bumper crop. Record yields in India.