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May 3, 2008

2008 Tornado Trends

Filed under: High Winds — Tags: , , , — John Banta @ 5:22 am

April is usually the start of tornado season in the US. This year we got off to an early start, and that is continuing. As of today the Arkansas death toll is up to 24. The following chart plots the number of tornadoes for 2008 in red. We are well on the way to setting a record breaking year.

NOAA: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/

According to NOAA the current ten year average tornado trend is 1270 tornadoes per year. Prior to 2000 there was only one year that exceeded 1000.


February 15, 2008

Unusual February Tornados

Filed under: High Winds — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:15 am


Last month I posted that we were experiencing unusually early tornadoes in January. This unusual activity is continuing on into February with deadly results. Tornados can occur in any month, but they usually don’t become frequent until April peaking in August. This year we have already had a record setting number of tornados (291 by February 14th).  According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety

“In 2001, a total of 1,081 tornadoes hit 43 states and killed 37 people.” “The only other year on record when the total number of tornadoes went over 1,000 was in 1973 when a record number of 1,102 twister hits.”



Pretty incredible!


On January 1, 2008 I started a new blog called 1:5:10:365. On it I am posting a daily tip for becoming a better steward for our homes and planet. Today I posted an out of order tip regarding emergency alert radios.

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