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Below-average number of tornadoes in 2012

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Last year was an unusually quiet year for tornadoes according to researchers.  After a busy 2011 that produced the single deadliest tornado in modern history (158 were killed in the EF-5 tornado in Joplin, MO), 2012 was a year with below average injuries, deaths, damage and the number of twisters itself.  

The entire year of 2012 had less fatalities from every tornado in the U.S. than from that one tornado in Joplin and only three more than another violent tornado that hit Tuscaloosa in April of 2011.

While the year on average was quiet, activity from January through April was well above normal. The most active months of May and June were very quiet.  That trend persisted until December when 51 tornadoes touched down, including the Mobile tornado that hit on Christmas Day.  

Only 936 tornadoes were confirmed last year.  Since 1950, the average number is 1146.  

Greg Carbin with the Storm Prediction Center prepared the report.  He noted that the majority of the tornadoes that did form were classified at EF-0.  Carbin cites improved public awareness and better technology in detecting these weak tornadoes.

No EF-5 tornadoes formed in 2012.

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