No Violent Tornadoes in the United States in 2018

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, December 27, 2018
April 14, 2012 Marquette, Kansas EF4 tornado.JPG

While only a couple of days remain, it looks almost certain that 2018 will be the only year in modern history when there was no EF4 or EF5 tornadoes in the United States.

In a recent report from the Washington Post, Ian Livingston states that "it was a quiet year for tornadoes overall."

In 2018 there were fewer fatalities from tornadoes, only 10 tornado deaths were reported.

2005 was a similar story with the first violent tornado of the year happening on November 15th. 

The Enhanced Fujita scale (EF-Scale) rates the intensity of tornadoes in some countries, including the United States and Canada, based on the damage they cause.

As with the Fujita scale, the Enhanced Fujita scale remains a damage scale and only a proxy for actual wind speeds.



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