Low Number of Tornadoes in the U.S. This YearAugust 27th, 2014 at 9:24 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the images (from the Storm Prediction Center) to enlarge. The first image is severe weather reports in Michigan so far this year (red = tornadoes, green = hail of 1″ or greater in diameter and blue indicates wind damage reports. The middle image is a graph comparing the number of tornadoes by year and the last image is the severe reports from July 6, when we had the tornado on the south side of Grand Rapids (see severe reports that day at the link).
The entire U.S. has recorded only 6 tornadoes through the first 27 days of August. The 3-year August average is 47. Through Aug. 27, we have had 862 tornadoes this year (this count has not been checked for duplicate reports of the same tornado). the average to date is 1,023. Both this year and last year have been significantly lower than average for the number of U.S. tornadoes. So far this year, we have had 44 tornado fatalities in the U.S., including 35 deaths in the last week of April. The most deaths occurred in Arkansas (16) and Mississippi (11). Twenty-Four of the deaths were in houses, 12 in mobile homes, 4 were in vehicles, 3 victims were outside and one in another permanent structure. In Michigan, we have had 334 severe weather reports, including 11 tornadoes – 70 reports of 1″ or greater diameter hail and 253 wind reports.
We will be getting storms Friday, Saturday and Monday – and we’ll be tracking the possibility of severe weather here on the blog.
ADD – Yankees seem to have gotten 9 consecutive hits to start the 3rd inning. The record for consecutive hits in an inning was set by the Colorado Rockies with 11 consecutive hits against the Chicago Cubs (no surprise it was the Cubs) during a 12-run outburst in the 8th inning of a 17-2 victory at Coors Field in Colorado July 30, 2010.