So far this year, no one in the United States has been killed by a tornado. The country hasn't experienced such a promising start to a tornado season since World War I.
In fact, no year in recorded weather history has been void of tornado fatalities. Tornadoes cause about 60 American deaths each year.
While a year without a single tornado death is feasible, meteorologist Harold Brooks of the National Severe Storms Laboratory said it's "very, very unlikely."
And AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Smith agreed. "We certainly work toward no deaths but, realistically, I don't think it is possible," he said. "I'd love to be proven wrong."
It has been a calm year for tornadoes in general, with only 20 reports of tornadoes of EF-1
"Obviously we have seen well-below-normal temperatures continue in some areas of the country ... a continuation of the below-normal temperatures over the winter," Carbin said. "Winter cold is loosely correlated with below-normal tornado numbers," he said, but added that the parallel weakens in April.
Late April and May are typically the busiest time of year for tornadoes.
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Prior to midweek, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, downpours and hail will threaten areas from Indiana to Texas.
Millions travel to Washington, D.C. each year to catch a glimpse of the magnificent pink blossoms.
Following rain and snow in the Northwest on Sunday, another storm will take aim at California and the Southwest Monday into Tuesday.
A potent line of thunderstorms will sweep across the Northeast into Saturday night with damaging winds, hail and downpours.
Soaking rain and locally severe thunderstorms will take aim at the eastern United States around the middle of the week.
A large part of South America will be treated to a "ring of fire" solar eclipse on Sunday, but only if the weather cooperates.
After record-shattering warmth baked the mid-Atlantic and Northeast to end the past week, much colder air will settle over the region on Sunday.
A widespread outbreak of severe weather is threatening a large portion of the Midwest.