A Slow Start To The 2014 Severe Weather Season

(Published 4/22/14)

November 17th, 2013. That’s the day when an EF-2 tornado with winds of 130 mph touched down in Putnam County, more specifically the village of Cloverdale.

Here is what is believed to be the EF-2 twister on the 17th of November just before it moved into Cloverdale

Here is what is believed to be the EF-2 twister on the 17th of November just before it moved into Cloverdale

That tornado that touched down on November 17th was one of the strongest tornadoes West Central Ohio has seen since November 2002 when Van Wert was hit by an EF-4 that devastated the city.

The November 17th Cloverdale tornado was also part of a larger system that spawned dozens of tornadoes throughout the Midwest and was responsible for 8 deaths.

Why am I mentioning all this? Because it has been since November 17th that the US has seen a widespread tornado outbreak. As a matter of fact, according to the National Weather Service, the United States hasn’t experienced a tornado bigger than an EF-2 since that date. It’s now been over 150 days without an EF-3 tornado or stronger.

This graphic was put out by the NWS on April 11th. We're now up to 155 days in the US without an EF-3 tornado or larger

This graphic was put out by the NWS on April 11th. We’re now up to 155 days in the US without an EF-3 tornado or larger

Based on National Weather Service statistics, 2014 has been the quietest year for tornadoes in over 60 years.

SPC Tornadoes

While I’m sure no one is complaining about a lack of severe weather for 2014 ( I know I’m not) We shouldn’t let our guard down! Based on history things will pick up, so be sure to review your severe weather safety plans and if you can buy a weather radio to be prepared!

Tornado Safety

-Kyle

 

 

 

 

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