The latest data on tornadoes in the United States from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) shows a distinct lack of one of Mother Nature’s most devastating phenomena in 2013. The measurements, as well as others, have confounded those who have warned that anthropogenic global warming would lead to more devastating natural disasters.
Thus far in 2013, the SPC has recorded 716 tornadoes. By comparison, the average from 2005 to 2012 over the same period of years is 1,221. When adjusted for inflation (duplicate and inaccurate reports), 2013 in fact falls below the lowest number recorded by August 18 in any year since 1950.
The number of killer tornadoes is also running far behind average. Thus far deaths have been attributed to nine twisters in 2013. This is versus an annual average of 91 dating back to 1950 when tornado record keeping began.
While some might chalk 2013 up to being an anomaly, that isn’t the case. Last year there were 939 twisters which ranked the year as only the 25th busiest for twisters since 1950. In 2012 70 lives were lost.
Looking at long term data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), there has been no discernable increase in the number of EF-1 tornadoes, nor in the number of violent twisters (EF-3 or above).
In fact, it is widely accepted that the number of tornadoes reported today exceeds those in decades past simply because of population expansion and our technology to stay connected.
Put simply, there are more people thus more eyes to actually report the events and with modern communications, it is far easier to do so. In the past, many in rural areas would have gone unnoticed or unreported.
Warnings of ‘extreme weather’ have become commonplace as climate change alarmists have been forced to try to explain away the lack of warming they had previously promised was happening but is not.
These alarmists say that tornado activity would be one indicator of extreme weather attributed to man but clearly the effects of the warming and man's role in causing it are hardly settled.