This year will now go down in history as the first year in modern recorded history that we did not have any violent, killer tornados.
Have there been tornados that destroyed property? Yes. Have a few people died this year from tornados? Yes. But this is the first year since we started keeping records that we did not have any so-called killer tornados of EF4 or EF 5 force.
According to the Washington Post, though, this year has been very light on tornados:
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.
This year will be the first year since official records started in 1950 that did not see any of the strongest tornados.
In fact, contrary to the claims of global warming religionists who insist that storms and tornados are getting worse because of climate change, the Post notes that tornados have been trending down in frequency and strength.
This year’s goose-egg may seem to fit a recent pattern.
In simple terms, there have been downtrends in violent tornado numbers both across the entire modern period, and when looking at just the period since Doppler radar was fully implemented across the country in the mid-1990s. A 15-year average as high as 13.7 in the mid-1970s will drop to 5.9 next year.
But it isn’t just the harshest of tornados. We have also seen fewer of the lower powered funnel clods:
Expanding to include all “intense” tornadoes, or those F/EF3+, this year’s 12 is also poised to set a record for the fewest. I wrote about this back in May, and 2018 has kept pace for record lows since then.
So… what happened, Al Gore? Didn’t you say that all this would continue to get worse every year until the earth is destroyed?
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