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Meteorologists Count Fewer Tornadoes This Season Than Usual

Tornado damage

Photo: Barry Bahler (Wiki Commons)

A building is damaged by a tornado.

The United States is on pace to have the fewest twisters in at least a decade.

The National Weather Service has confirmed 610 tornadoes this season. Typically, more than 1,000 tornadoes have hit by now.

In Indiana, the number is as low as anyone can remember.

“Only four tornadoes have been confirmed across this state this year,” said Dan McCarthy, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis. “We’ve only had 59 percent of the number of tornadoes that we‘ve normally had by this time of year.”

McCarthy says the low number of tornadoes is a result of weather patterns that the U.S. sees occasionally.

“A trough of low pressure that set up during the spring kept our spring and our summer cool for the most part, forcing most of the tornadic activity to north Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of Kansas and Nebraska,” he says.

Still, he says some of the tornadoes this season have been deadly. Forty-five people have died so far in tornadoes in 2013, including 24 in Moore, Okla. He warns Indiana may experience a “second tornado season” as it does many years.

“That‘s in the fall when the warm air is being pushed out by weather patterns that bring stronger cold fronts into our area,” says McCarthy.

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