Here is the proof...
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The chart above clearly shows that this year is like NO other in terms of tornado activity. As of June1, 2011, 1211 tornadoes have been confirmed so far this year. It's also important to note that this count has been reduced to 85% of the actual tornadoes reported to account for any possible over-count until all reports can be confirmed. This means that over 1400 tornadoes have been reported as of June 1, 2011. This is nearly 500 MORE tornadoes than any other recorded year in history.
It doesn't end there though, not only are there more tornadoes, but they are far more deadly than ever before too! This year, 537 people have perished due to tornadoes, and this is truly an incredible amount of deaths. I'll put it into perspective for you. In the 10 years before 2011, 564 people died due to tornadoes. 564 in 10 years is an average of 56 deaths per year, compare that average to the 537 deaths so far in 2011 and you quickly get the picture. Something is surely amiss with the weather!Here are some statistics...
|Timespan||January 2011 – ongoing|
|Maximum rated tornado||EF5 tornado|
Smithville, Mississippi;Hackleburg, Alabama;Philadelphia, Mississippi; Joplin, Missouri; Piedmont, Oklahoma
April 27 (first three); May 22; May 24
|Tornadoes in USA||1,211|
|Damages (USA)||~$16 billion (Estimate as of May 28)|
$28.4 million (actual through February)
Between April 25 and 28, a historic tornado outbreak now known as the 2011 Super Outbreak took place across much of the Southern United States as well as parts of the Midwest and Northeast. With over 300 confirmed tornadoes and 317 tornadic fatalities, the outbreak ranks as the worst in United States history.
Here are some tornado myths...
Scientists once thought that the low pressure in a tornado caused the normal air pressure in
houses to explode out. It turned out that the strong winds from the tornado destroyed the
houses, not the pressure change. If the tornado wants your windows open, it will open them for you.
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