Tornado Numbers Down across U.S. in 2013

Tornado Numbers Down across U.S. in 2013

The overall number of tornadoes is down across the country, with the exception being the state of Tennessee.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The overall number of tornadoes is down across the country, with the exception being the state of Tennessee.

Keep in mind we live in three very large states. Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi average 108 tornadoes every year, combined.

This year the tornado count is 87, with another severe weather season coming in November.

So far in 2013, strong fronts diving south have stayed away from us. That leads to the strongest storms also staying away. However, the season hasn't been disaster-free, such as the Mooore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20th.

Pictures of tornadoes can tell a thousand words about a severe weather season. Also telling are statistics, and so far that story has been on the quiet side - but it only takes one event to throw up our numbers and open storm shelter doors.

“We had one event with 20-some tornadoes in middle Tennessee that occurred one night,” says Tom Salem of the National Weather Service.

Each year in Tennessee tornadoes cause about $65 million in damage, much lower than Mississippi and Arkansas. Given the fact there were more than 20 tornadoes in one night, that number could've spiked right up.

Salem says, “A lot of those are fairly weak and all the ones in middle Tennessee were what we classify as weak tornadoes EF0-EF1."

The likelihood of the country catching up to normal is low, however come November, fronts will target the Mid-south and give rise to that second severe weather season, so start preparing now.

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