Expert Says 2011 Tornadoes 106% Above Average
If it seems like this year’s tornado season has been unusually severe, that’s because it has. The Weather Channel and weather.com’s Tornado Expert Dr. Greg Forbes says the 2011 tornado numbers are a mind-boggling 106% above average. And the year is not over yet.
“It took until December in 2010 to have as many tornadoes as we’ve already had this year,” says Dr. Forbes.
Needless to say, by virtue of an inconceivable April, we’re on a record pace.”
While we’ve had tornadoes in every month this year, the extreme tornado outbreaks began in April and continued through May. Dr. Forbes keeps a meticulous list of every tornado report throughout the year. He’s crunched the numbers to compare 2011 to every other year in the past decade.
2011 Tornado Statistics
Forbes Count 10-Yr Average Departure from Average
Jan 16 22 -32% Actual
Feb 61 32 +91% Actual
Mar 75 83 -10% Actual
Apr (573 confirmed) 762 163 +367% (Forbes estimate)
May 332 298 +11% (Forbes estimate)
June (through 2nd) 13 16 -19% (Forbes estimate)
2011 (to date) 1262 614 +106% (Forbes estimate)