CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A record Tornado Year? That sounds bad. But just like temperatures, there are record highs and record lows! Good news, we’re talking record low this time. In fact, since records began around 1950, there has never been a year without a single violent tornado occurrence across the country, and that’s exactly what happened in 2018!
Violent tornadoes fall into the EF-4 and EF-5 categories. Significant tornadoes are rated as EF-2 and EF-3 strength. Weak tornadoes fall at the bottom of the scale in the EF-0 and EF-1 rankings.
See the accompanying picture from the Storm Prediction Center and note the black line. That is the graph for all 2018 tornadoes. Notice it’s not simply below average, it just missed the record low number for overall tornadoes.
Finally, and the best news of all, we saw a record low number of tornado fatalities… just 10.
The average number of tornado deaths per year is around 70.
After a brutal hurricane season with Florence and Michael creating havoc in the southeastern US, it was nice to get a break on the other end of the severe weather season.
Meteorologist Eric Thomas