Severe Weather in 2014July 19th, 2014 at 2:13 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The first graph on the left is the number of tornadoes so far this year compared to past years. This year and last year, the tornado count is well below average. The map on the right shows where we have had tornadoes (in red), hail reports of 1″ diameter or more (green) and reports of wind damage (in blue). So far this year, Nebraska has had the most tornadoes of any state (86) followed by Mississippi (75), Iowa (62) and Alabama (55). Get this, California has had 10 tornadoes this year and that’s only one behind Oklahoma (11). Michigan is also just one behind Oklahoma (central Oklahoma averages more tornadoes per square mile than any other place on Earth). Michigan has had only 32 severe hail reports and we’ve had 177 wind reports. Many of our wind reports came during the derecho of June 30, with winds up to 85 mph along I-94. Ten states have had no tornadoes this year so far (AK, HI, OR, MA, CT, RI, NH, VT, NJ). The biggest tornado day by far this year was April 28th (122). We have only had 46 tornadoes so far this month in the U.S.