According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, there were 1,053 preliminary tornado reports in 2020. This was less below the US yearly average of 1,251 tornadoes from 1991 to 2010. The majority of the tornadoes in 2020 occurred in April and May, with August being another high month. Tornadoes can be deadly - according to NOAA, about 350 people have been killed by tornadoes in the United States since 1872.
In comparison, there were 1,619 reported tornadoes in 1999 and 2,477 in 2005. The lowest number of tornadoes on record is 93 in 1960. There have been no deaths recorded so far this year. However, 26 people have been killed by tornadoes in 2020.
On average, there are around 30 fatalities caused by tornadoes each year. This number has decreased over time as scientists learn how to predict when storms will develop into tornadoes and residents learn how to take precautions.
Tornadoes are violent clouds that form when water vapor in the air reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. They can be almost any size but most are between 3,000 and 5,000 feet wide. They usually occur in clusters and follow a similar path. A tornado with wind speeds over 74 miles per hour is considered dangerous. These winds can cause severe damage or death if they strike unprotected structures such as houses.
Tornado Season Predictions for 2020 In 2020, AccuWeather predicts a normal to slightly above-average number of tornadoes. They estimate that 1,350 to 1,450 tornadoes will strike this year, roughly 5% higher than the yearly norm. Tornadoes are already occurring in the south, although May is the most active month.
The main reason for the increase this year is the presence of high pressure systems over the South Central United States that prevent moisture from moving in from the Gulf of Mexico and California. This leaves eastward-moving storms with no place to go except toward the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic States.
Another factor contributing to more tornadoes this year is that climate change has made Missouri and other midwestern states much less resistant to flooding. Because there's less water on which to feed tornadoes, they tend to die out sooner. However, this year's storms have been particularly strong so far.
Finally, there are now two years of data available from weather stations across the country. That's enough time for scientists to notice patterns in where they occur that might help them predict future outbreaks. So far, those predictions are still pretty broad - about half of all U.S. tornadoes happen in just five states - but that should begin to change as we get closer to June.
In conclusion, yes, a tornado is going to hit in 2020.
Preliminary NOAA reports show there were 1,431 tornadoes in 2019 through November, compared to 1,060 for the same period in 2018. Tornadoes killed 38 people from January to November 2019, compared with nine people for the same period in 2018.
The number of deaths caused by hurricanes and other tropical storms has also increased in recent years. In 2019, nine people died in the United States after being hit by tropical systems. This is a higher death toll than in any other year on record.
Deaths caused by tornadoes have risen in recent years. In fact, they are now at their highest level since 2008. There were also more injuries reported this year than any other year on record.
In 2017, there were only six deaths caused by tornadoes and another 69 people injured. In 2016, there were 28 deaths caused by tornadoes and another 360 people injured. In 2015, there were 53 deaths caused by tornadoes and another 642 people injured. In 2014, there were 74 deaths caused by tornadoes and another 921 people injured. In 2013, there were 79 deaths caused by tornadoes and another 1043 people injured.
Tornadoes can occur at any time of year, but they usually happen from April through September. However, late-season tornadoes have occurred.