Summertime, and the twisters are missin'

July heads for a record-low tornado count

By Bob Henson

Heat and drought are punishing much of the United States right now, but there’s actually some good weather news to report. This month is on track to produce fewer tornadoes than any July on record, and by a long shot.

As of July 23, this month has produced a paltry total of 14 tornado reports, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). While there could be more twisters before month’s end, a major outbreak doesn’t appear likely at all.

Update (August 1): The preliminary total of U.S. tornadoes for July 2012 is 24, according to NOAA’s Harold Brooks. As noted by Climate Central, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan reported more tornadoes in July than the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

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  • NEILIO

    Waiting for an apocalypse? You will be waiting a long time. This is a somewhat related story. I decided not to post it on the main page because it is not exactly about climate change, but it is a really good article.
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/ff_apocalypsenot/all

  • Joe

    In my humble opinion Ridley is correct.

    Went through a tornado in 58, Flood in 87 tornado at another residence in 2011. The earth’s weather goes in cycles daily. Clear and sunny today and maybe gone tomorrow? By the way, please check the jet streams location circa 2011. If anyone did (MSM) they would find why we had a warmer winter. It was arced high above Canada all winter starting from Washington state due north dropping down to the east coast, MA, NY etc.. Wet West coast, mild central states, wet east coast. Any correlation? Any farm boy could explain the reason. Does not take a Michael Mann who I see is back in the news today eh? Climate change is a natural ocurrance of nature. Always will be.

  • trapeze artist

    Who says the lack of twisters is not a sign of global warming? That’s the point — we don’t know what will happen. There’s no doubt the globe is warming in a major way. Please check the ice cap and the ozone hole. Weather and climate are not the same.

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