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Tornado activity hits 60-year low

Posted By admin On May 10, 2013 @ 7:49 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Doyle Rice
May 10, 2013

The USA in the past 12 months has seen the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and the death tolls from the dangerous storms have dropped dramatically since 2011.

Just two years after a ferocious series of tornado outbreaks killed hundreds of Americans, the USA so far this year is enjoying one of the calmest years on record for twisters. Through Thursday, tornadoes have killed only three Americans in 2013; by the end of May 2011, 543 Americans had died.

The seven people killed from May 2012 to April 2013 is the fewest in a 12-month period since five people died in September 1899-August 1900, according to Harold Brooks, research meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla.

The year-to-date count of tornadoes is probably approaching the lower 10% of all years on record, said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman.

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[1] USA TODAY: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/05/09/quiet-tornado-season/2148075/

[2] Five killed as new tornado hits Oklahoma City: http://www.prisonplanet.com/five-killed-as-new-tornado-hits-oklahoma-city.html

[3] 2010 Brings First Tornado-Free February: http://www.prisonplanet.com/2010-brings-first-tornado-free-february.html

[4] Survivors pulled from Oklahoma tornado debris as toll lowered: http://www.prisonplanet.com/survivors-pulled-from-oklahoma-tornado-debris-as-toll-lowered.html

[5] Democratic Senator uses Okla. tornado for anti-GOP rant over global warming: http://www.prisonplanet.com/democratic-senator-uses-okla-tornado-for-anti-gop-rant-over-global-warming.html

[6] Global Tropical Cyclone Activity still at 30 year low: http://www.prisonplanet.com/global-tropical-cyclone-activity-still-at-30-year-low.html

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