According to Storm Prediction Center data, the U.S. has gone a record 198 days without a killer tornado as of Tuesday. This breaks the previous record set way back during the year of 1986 into 1987 at 197 days. Tornado records go as far back as 1950.
The last tornado death recorded was on June 24, 2012, when a killer tornado spawn from Tropical Storm Debby hit near Venus, Florida.
Before this killer tornado-free streak began, 553 people were killed in an historic year for tornadoes in 2011, with deaths occurring in seven out of 12 months that year with more than half of those deaths coming in April.
That deadly stretch continued through the first half of 2012 with 68 people being killed in tornadoes over five out of the first six months of the year.
What made last year so interesting in reference to tornado deaths is the month of May, which is historically the deadliest for tornadoes. The month saw no killer tornadoes for the first time in seven years and or since 2005.
2012 ended as one of the quietest years for tornadoes on record with a preliminary count of 936, according to the SPC.
This is one of the main contributing factors in helping the country avoid tornado fatalities during this ongoing record stretch.
Also, the tornadoes that have occurred have been mainly of the weak EF-0 and EF-1 variety, which do not usually account for most of the tornado fatalities.