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    Tornado Season Gets its Safest Start in Nearly a Century

    By cassidye
    April 25, 2014, 5:35:36 AM EDT

    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."


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    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.

    Reprinted from ClimateWire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. 202-628-6500.

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