NOAA: ‘Slowest start to tornado activity in any year in modern record, and possibly nearly a century’ – The Decline of Tornado Devastation
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Prof,. Roger Pielke Jr.: 'Does the substantial decline in average annual damage mean that there have actually been fewer tornadoes? Not necessarily. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded recently that the quality of the available data on tornado frequency and intensity makes drawing conclusions about long-term trends problematic: "There is low confidence in observed trends in small spatial-scale phenomena such as tornadoes and hail.'
So far in 2014, the United States has experienced fewer tornadoes than in any year since record-keeping began in 1953, or even before. Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has called this "likely the slowest start to tornado activity in any year in modern record, and possibly nearly a century."