First Severe Weather of 2014January 11th, 2014 at 11:29 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. We had the first severe weather watches of 2014…two severe t-storm watches and the first tornado watch of the year from the Florida Panhandle up to N. Carolina. There were 207 reports of wind damage and one report of marginal severe hail. There were also 4 small tornadoes reported. Here’s today’s Severe Weather Outlook area. The actual first severe weather report for 2014 was some minor wind damage at Hobe Sound, Florida on Thursday. The last severe report of 2013 was on 12/29, a 59 mph wind gust at the Frying Pan Shoals buoy off of North Carolina.
Tornado statistics from 2013 are very interesting. The three days with the most tornadoes in the U.S. in 2013 were Nov. 17 (106), Jan. 29 (62) and Oct. 31 (42). Texas (a big target) led the nation with 1411 severe weather reports. Kansas was second and Oklahoma was third. Michigan had 456 severe reports, including 13 tornadoes, 63 reports of severe (1″ in diameter or greater) hail and 380 reports of wind damage or severe criteria winds (58 mph). Eight states and the D.C. had no tornadoes in 2013 (HI, AK, NM, NV, NH, RI, VT, WV). Four other states recorded just one tornado (AZ, UT, DE, ME). There were 54 fatalities from tornadoes in 2013, 34 of the fatalities were in OK. The eight fatalities in the 5/31 El Reno tornado were all people in vehicles. Of the 54 fatalities, 17 were in regular homes, 15 in mobile (manufactured) homes and 13 in other buildings.