2018 is the first year with no violent tornadoes in USA – 5 years without an EF-5 tornado & number of EF-3 tornadoes will be a record low as well

Climate Depot | 1/1/2019 | Admin
n.king (Posted by) Level 3
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Last week, the Washington Post picked up on the likelihood that 2018 would be the first year on record without a violent (EF-4 and EF-5) tornado in the US. (There has apparently been one EF-4 in Manitoba).

I have been waiting for the year to actually finish, and can confirm that provisional NOAA data shows that this is true:

Whirlwind - Lack - Twisters

In the whirlwind that is 2018, there has been a notable lack of high-end twisters.

We’re now days away from this becoming the first year in the modern record with no violent tornadoes touching down in the United States. Violent tornadoes are the strongest on a 0 to 5 scale, or those ranked EF4 or EF5.

Year - Tornadoes - Numbers - Months - Storm

It was a quiet year for tornadoes overall, with below normal numbers most months. Unless you’re a storm chaser, this is not bad news. The low tornado count is undoubtedly a big part of the reason the 10 tornado deaths in 2018 are also vying to be a record low.

While we still have several days to go in 2018, and some severe weather is likely across...
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