Few Weather “Events” and Record Crops

November 4th, 2013 at 2:27 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

EF3-EF5 tornado count   tornado count 2013 Hurricane count low  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 cropand for peas.    Canada has bumper cropRecord yields in India.

Interesting article from the BBC on the quiet sun.

15 Responses to “Few Weather “Events” and Record Crops”

  1. Mike M. says:

    Meh. Calm before the storm. Few years from now, couple of major volcanic eruptions, temps drop a degree, and bam, famine in the northern hemisphere.

    Go Lions!!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Or how about a mid sized meteorite landing on Earth, temps drop several degrees and wham major problems!

      1. Mike M. says:

        Not so fast. We don’t have a mechanism or a lag time that we can confidently point to yet. Lockwood knows it, but he also knows there is a slamdunk connection regionally when solar activity is low, especially in the UK. HOW that happens, nobody knows…yet.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        The Little-Ice-Age is coming – Imagine that – Who knew?

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The unprecedented quiet out there is amazing. Only one EF5 this year after exactly zero last year. 8 YEARS since the last major hurricane landfall in the US…

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Could it be calm before the storm?

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        This is definitely more than a calm, but yes, there will be a storm someday.

      2. yooper4021 says:

        The ‘calm’ certainly hasn’t been newsworthy. Imagine if it were the opposite. It would be the headline news to say the least.

  3. yooper4021 says:

    From a U.P. weather blog that I follow – above average snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere at the end of October.


    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Yeah most of the snow is in Russia where it may or may not stay for most if not all of the winter. Once a pattern sets up it generally stays in that pattern for a while. This may or may not be the winter of 2013/14 pattern setting up. If it is then the cold and snow could be more long term on the other side of the pole.
      But then again if we can get a cross pole air flow then we still could still get very cold around here my guess right now is we will only get short shots of cold and snow this winter. But I do not get paid for my long range guesses and you see how often the ones you pay for are wrong so with mine you get what you pay for.

  4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    John Dee’s long range guess for the winter of 2013/14 is now out…first you must read this from him (there is also a link in has long range guess)


    And here is his long range guess for the winter of 2013/14



  5. Jack says:

    A BIG THANK- YOU!!! To ALL THE FARMERS… Yes, ” The Farmer FEEDS US ALL ” !!

  6. Cliff(Scotts) says:

    Yes it was a good year for crops, then again with all this rain we are getting and more on Wednesday it might be a while till it gets picked. Lots of standing corn and even soybeans still in fields. We need a solid week right now just to dry out some fields. Could be a late harvest this year for some.

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