Record Quiet 2014 for Tornadoes
It looks as though the year will close with some good news: with less than two weeks remaining in 2014, we’re well on pace for a near-record low number of tornadoes nationwide.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, 1,031 confirmed tornadoes have touched down so far this year, approximately 350 twisters shy of the nine-year (2005-’13) average of 1,394. Still, that tornado figure is about 100 tornadoes above the record-breaking low 2013 year, which produced just 928 tornadoes.
Geographically, the states that saw far fewer tornadoes than average were primarily in the southern plains. Texas (42 tornadoes to annual average of 114) and Oklahoma (14 tornadoes compared to annual average of 63) both lagged considerably behind annual averages, as did Minnesota (19 tornadoes to 43 annual average) and Louisiana (12 to 35).
Wind and hail reports nationwide were both also considerably lower than annual averages.
We’re pretty sure nobody’s complaining about these statistics. But while 2014 may have lacked in twisters, let the year serve as a preparation period; good luck won’t last forever.
The most notable tornado outbreak of the year took place in late April, when 85 tornadoes killed 35 people, including the notable Mayflower-Vilonia, Arkansas EF-4 tornado, which alone claimed 16 lives.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi