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Tornado Season Gets its Safest Start in Nearly a Century

4/24/2014 5:40:12 AM

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."

8/24/08 - A small tornado formed in Parker, CO. (Credit: Flickr/Ryan-O)

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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