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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 07 2013

Weather Talk: 2013 tornado, hurricane seasons quiet overall

Last week on Halloween, 42 tornadoes were reported across the country. Most of those were confirmed with storm surveys over the following days. That is the most tornadoes reported on Oct. 31 since at least 1950, and is also the highest daily tornado count in the United States since early July.

Even with a high number of tornadoes last week, the 2013 season overall has been one of the quietest since good severe weather records started in 1950. Not only has the tornado season been quiet, but so has the Atlantic hurricane season.

Through October, the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, a measure of tropical cyclone wind energy, was the fourth lowest since 1950 for the Atlantic basin. Plus, with this year’s hurricane season on the wane, it will probably be another year without a major hurricane strike on the lower 48 states, continuing the longest such streak since at least the Civil War.

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