Thursday, August 2, 2012

July 2012 Narrowly Escapes Record Low Tornado Count...

The preliminary tornado count for July 2012 came in at 24. If that number stands (after final verification of last week's events), then the record "low" number of tornadoes for a July will remain at 23, recorded in 1950 and 1951.

You may recall in a post last week how I remarked that July 2012 had been very inactive as far as tornadoes were concerned.  By comparison, we saw 103 tornadoes in July of last year, and 122 as an average over the past 3 years.  With 24 tornadoes this year, July was the least active month since December of 2011 (when 15 tornadoes were recorded).

As of July 25th, we had only recorded 12 tornadoes for the month.  Several tornadoes were reported during the last 5 days of the month, which boosted the preliminary total up to 24, avoiding the record low.

As you can see on the chart above, we typically see a lower number of tornadoes during August and early September (though both average more than we saw last month based on the 3 year average).  We then typically see an uptick in tornado activity later in September and into October, associated with the autumn/early fall tornado season (as I have dubbed it).  

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