Tornado Stats For 2017

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/2017/torngraph-big.png

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/2017/torngraph-big.png

2017 was a relatively busy year for tornadoes in the US, ranking third since 2005 on preliminary data.

This was mainly due to a spurt in numbers in January to March, most of which were weak EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes. There were though three EF-3s in an outbreak in January, which sadly led to 20 fatalities.

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/2017/ptorngraph-big.png

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/2017/ptorngraph-big.png

As for longer term trends, regular readers will recall that we need to discount weaker tornadoes, as NOAA explain:

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