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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 12 2013

Weather Talk: Tornado count for year remains below average

The two EF5 tornadoes in Moore and El Reno, Okla., in recent weeks have definitely put severe weather in the headlines. Yet, even with those two tragic events, the overall tornado count for the year actually remains below average.

Through June 9, the preliminary tornado count in the country stood at 518, far below the average count of 930 tornadoes through that date. The average is based on the years 2005-12.

This year’s tally so far is the fewest tornadoes observed since 2005, even lower than last year when a drought hit most of the Plains, limiting thunderstorm activity.

The low number of tornadoes these past two years follows some very active tornado seasons. The years 2008 and 2011 recorded around 1,500 tornadoes through early June, with 2008 ending up with more than 2,000 tornadoes reported for that entire year.

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