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Daryl Ritchison, Published July 16 2012

Weather Talk: After an early start in April, tornado season has quieted

After a fairly fast start early in the year, tornadoes have been uncommon for the past several months. After the large tornado outbreak in the central Plains from April 13-16, the tornado season quickly went quiet.

Since then, the number of tornadoes recorded in the United States has been less than 50 percent of average. Those numbers are based on preliminary counts, and the actual official numbers are almost always lower.

So far this month, only two tornadoes have been reported in the country. The lowest July total on record (good tornado records only go back to 1950), was back in 1950, when just 23 tornadoes were observed. Considering that almost 100 percent of tornadoes are currently reported, which was not the case back in 1950, that record may be hard to break.

Fewer tornadoes would generally be thought of as a good thing, yet the overall lack of thunderstorms leading to fewer tornadoes is one of the reasons why many parts of the country are currently experiencing drought conditions.

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