Tuesday, December 31, 2019

And Here Is the 2019 Tornado Count:

The 2010's were remarkable for the decreased number of U.S. tornadoes, with record lows (since the current count system was instituted in the 1950's, with the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 being the three lowest totals in 70 years.
After an horrific start to the 2019 season the summer and fall counts reverted toward the mean and, although above the annual average came in far below the recent high counts.

From the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center:

Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,
Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
Remember to have heard; man's nature cannot carry
The affliction nor the fear … 
—from Shakespeare's Tragedy of King Lear