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2018: Number of strong tornadoes on track to be the lowest on record

Strong Tornadoes Less Common In US Now

By Paul Homewood

U.S. Annual Tornado Trends

Whenever anybody wheels out their list of extreme weather events for this year, remind them about US tornadoes.

Not only is this year proving to be one of the quietist in recent years, the number of strong tornadoes is currently on track to be the lowest on record.


Indeed according to my data, there have only been 9 EF-3+ this year (and not 10 as quoted). All of these have been EF-3s, meaning no EF-4s and EF-5s. There has not been a year without any of those more violent tornadoes since reliable records began in 1970.