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Reflecting On The Past 5 Days: Major Changes In Tornado Count

30 Apr 2014, 11:39 am

A few days ago we wrote about how the first tornado death of the year had taken place – a streak that had lasted since early December.  We also had a record streak of no EF-3 or higher rated tornadoes, and that came to an end.

Now that we’ve had a significant amount of tornadoes since this past weekend – how are things stacking up with regard to past years?  That’s the question we’re going to answer.

These are the preliminary tornado reports for this year, as of last night:

 

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April has us up to 149 reports as of last night.  That *sounds* like a large number, and it really is, but compared to the 3-year average of 350 preliminary reports it is small.

That is, until you find out which year most of the reports came from…

Think back to 2011:

April 4-5: 46 confirmed tornadoes

April 9-11: 34 confirmed tornadoes (1 EF-4 rated)

April 14-16: 162 confirmed tornadoes

April 19-24: 89 confirmed tornadoes (1 EF-4 rated)

April 25-28: 358 confirmed tornadoes (11 EF-4 rated & 4 EF-5 rated – this included the Tuscaloosa and many others)

In all, there were 875 preliminary tornado reports in the month of April, 2011 (over 750 confirmed by the end).

That puts our 149 so far in 2014 into perspective, but doesn’t diminish the tragedy felt by anyone (tornado strength & numbers should never be compared directly with each other)

Here is a look back at just APRIL of 2011:

April 2011 Preliminary Tornado Reports
April 2011 Preliminary Tornado Reports

 

Look at that.  Amazing.

Hopefully we can get another calm period after today is over.

Stay tuned today, and hopefully we won’t be adding many more tornadoes to our tally for month.

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV

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