Unless you have lived under a rock this year, it has been pretty obvious that the 2011 tornado season has been extremely violent and historical. The Storm Prediction Center has just released some confirmed tornado statistics for the year so far.
While the entire year has had an extremely high number of confirmed tornadoes, the most impressive tornado outbreaks occurred during the month of April. The Storm Prediction Center has confirmed that 753 tornadoes touched down across the United States during the month of April. The old April Tornado Record was 267 tornadoes which occurred in 1974. 2011 had over 3times as many tornadoes as the previous record! April 2011’s tornadoes were also much more violent than normal with 4 EF5 tornadoes occurring all during the Super Tornado Outbreak across the South on April 27th. There were also 364 fatalities during the month of April. That’s the most tornado related fatalities for any month since April 1936 when there were 509 tornado deaths!
Outside of April, the entire year has had an extremely high number of tornado touchdowns. The preliminary number of tornadoes to touch down so far this year is 1,676. This number will likely decrease some as local National Weather Service Offices submit their official storm surveys and duplicate reports are “weeded” out of the database. So far, 2011 has brought us 55 killer tornadoes which have resulted in 546 direct deaths so far in 2011. 157 of those deaths occurred on May 22nd, 2011 as a result of the EF5 Joplin, Missouri tornado.
Here is a map showing all of the locations where tornadoes have occurred from January 1st, 2011 through July 31st, 2011.
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