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Weatherwise -- May-June 2015

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The 2014 Tornado Season: A Well Below Normal Year

There were 888 tornadoes reported in the United States in 2014. This is the lowest annual total reported in over 25 years. The last year with fewer tornadoes was 1989, when 855 tornadoes were reported. 2014 was the third year in a row with below-normal tornado numbers. Using a 25-year average of 1,220 tornadoes, 2014 ended with 27% fewer tornadoes than normal. At least one tornado occurred on 147 days during the year. This is also well below the 25-year average of 180 days during the year, when as least one tornado is reported and continues a trend in recent decades of fewer tornado days per year. Tornadoes touched down in 43 states during the year, one state less than normal since 1989.

GREG CARBIN is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NOAA/National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oiklahoma.

JARED GUYER is an Outlook/Mesoscale Forecaster at the NOAA/Natonal Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

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