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Tornado Update For 2019

April 21, 2020

By Paul Homewood







The US Storm Prediction Center has not fully finalised its tornado data for last year yet, but we do have confirmation of the stronger tornado categories, EF-3 to EF-5.

There were 28 strong tornadoes in 2019, in line with most recent years but slightly up on the extremely low figures for the previous two years.

This continues the markedly declining trend since the reliable data became available in the 1970s.

But most remarkable is the absence of any EF-5 tornadoes last year. The last one was the Moore tornado in May 2013. So far this season there has been no EF-5.

The only longer period without an EF-5 was between 3rd May 1999 and 4th May 2007. By contrast there were 14 in the 1970s, including 7 in 1974.

  1. Eric Johnson permalink
    April 21, 2020 6:29 pm

    Just an eyball, cursory scan of charted tornados shows an approximate five and/or eleven year cycle.

  2. markl permalink
    April 21, 2020 7:00 pm

    So tell me one, just one, prognostication made by the climate alarmists that has come true. It seems they have been given a free pass to make things up as they go without any repercussions when they fail. Nothing but propaganda and the inability to check them is a real problem. It seems when you own the MSM you have license to lie.

  3. April 22, 2020 3:28 am

    From the second link you provided, I count 48 tornado events, EF3+. The page reports “48 events were reported between 01/01/2019 and 12/31/2019 (365 days)”. A tornado crossing from one county to another counts as 2 events and it would be on two separate rows. I see 4 events on March 3 in 4 counties. By clicking on the location link and viewing the ‘All events for this episode’ section we see the 03/03/2019 15:29 event in Muscogee County is the same tornado as the Talbot County 03/03/2019 15:53 event. Is there an easier way to count the tornadoes? How did you count 27 tornadoes?

    • April 22, 2020 9:33 am

      With a lot of hard work!!

      There are several multiple tornado events recorded which are in reality single tornadoes, counted ebery time they cross a county or state line, as you say. The finalised figures from SPC adjust for these, but they won’t be out fpr months yet.

      So, for instance, the Lee Co EF-4 also crossed into Muscogee and Talbot in GA.

      Most of these can be identified as they have the same Episode ID, except where they cross states.

      I’ll email you my spreadsheet


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