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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 07 2012

Weather Talk: Fewer severe thunderstorms, tornadoes benefit of drought

One benefit of the summer drought is the small number of severe thunderstorms. Locally as well as nationally, there have been fewer bad storms this summer. In fact, across the entire United States, there were only 24 reported tornadoes during July, a modern-day record low for any summer month. There were also no tornado-related deaths in July.

The three-year average for tornadoes during July is 122. Overall, across the country there has been far less severe thunderstorm activity than in either 2011 or 2010. Of course, those people living in places hit by severe storms this summer (Bemidji, Pelican Rapids, Detroit Lakes, etc.) will certainly have memories about their particular storms.

The modern-day record for the least amount of storm damage nationally was 1988, a year with a drought more harsh and widespread than this summer.

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