Tornado Season 2013: A quiet start

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:18am

According to the Storm Prediction Center, this year is one of the least-active starts to tornado season in U.S. history.

A total of 237 preliminary tornadoes were reported in the United States through May 7. Based on a three year average, from January 1 through the first week in May, the U.S. should see 625 confirmed tornadoes. So, thus far, 2013 has recorded nearly 400 tornadoes less than the average.

The low activity comes two years after one of the most-active seasons on record. In 2011, the total tornadoes, in just the month of May, numbered 326. This is more than we've seen all year long! Even one day in April 2011 nearly beats our 2013 total. On April 27, 2011, 205 tornadoes were confirmed from New York to Texas.

Deaths from tornadoes are also near record low. Three people have died from tornadoes this year; one in January, February and April. Last year, 20 people perished from tornadoes by the end of April and 2011 recorded even higher numbers of 45 people killed.

Although this is nationally a low year in tornado activity, Louisiana hasn't been shy with its tornado contributions. Our state has seen 24 tornadoes this year, which is about 1/10th of the national total. Luckily, no one has died due to a tornado in the state.

To see more stats from the Storm Prediction Center, click here.

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