2013 Shattering Records for Fewest Tornadoes

2013 Shattering Records for Fewest Tornadoes
October 17, 2013

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

Fewer tornadoes have occurred in 2013 than in any other year in recorded history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports.

Through October 16, there have been barely half as many tornadoes as average, and 110 fewer tornadoes than the prior record low.

Very few tornadoes occur during late fall and winter, so it is unlikely sufficient tornadoes will occur by the end of the year to avoid a full-year record.

Despite the scientific facts, don’t expect alarmist “scientists” and liberal politicians to stop saying global warming causes tornadoes.

Last month, federal government climate scientist Kevin Trenberth told USA Today, “The prospect is worrying, with the increases in severe thunderstorms and the risk of large-scale environments that favor tornadoes having the potential for major impacts in the U.S.”

Earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said, “This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather. Not just hot weather. But extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago – it’s been a while – the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather.  …  You’re gonna have terrible storms. You’re going to have tornados and all the rest.”

The NOAA data on the 2013 tornado season is available here.

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)