Tornado Count Very Low for Second Year in a RowAugust 18th, 2014 at 2:24 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the image (from SPC) to enlarge. For the second year in a row, we have had a relatively (very) low number of tornadoes in the U.S. Here’s a comparison to recent years. As of now, we’re headed toward the lowest # of tornadoes ever for a two-year period. Here’s severe weather reports from Sunday, including 4 injures near Rushville, Nebraska from baseball-sized hail. Sunday night’s 83 mph wind is the 5th gust over 70 mph since June 3 at either Hastings, NE, ARPT or NWS Hastings. Six-foot wall of water moving down a usually dry river SE of Tucson AZ. Wind gusts up to 70 mph reported near Claypool, AZ. Magnitude-6.2 earthquake SE of Abdanan, Iran.
Rainfall totaled 1.23″ at Holland (Regional Arpt.) but only 0.06″ at the Ford Airport in G.R. and 0.04″ at the airport in Kalamazoo. Other rainfall totals: 3.38″ Mt. Vernon IL, 2.9″ Centralia FL, 2.83″ Dallas TX, 2.61″ Yakutat AK and 2.58″ at Glenwood MN.
The GFS-plot gives G.R. a high of 90 next Saturday and 88 on Sunday. The European gives G.R. 0.43″ of rain Tuesday, the GFS plot has 0.37″ and the NAM is the highest at 0.52″.