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“Storm reports posted online by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center showed that 14 suspected tornadoes touched down in Indiana, 12 in Colorado and nine in Ohio. Seven were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois and three in Minnesota, with one in Idaho.”
“Monday marked the record-tying 11th straight day with at least eight tornadoes in the U.S., said Patrick Marsh, a Storm Prediction Center meteorologist. The last such stretch was in 1980.”
Marsh also said, “Outbreaks of 50 or more tornadoes are not uncommon, having happened 63 times in U.S. history, with three instances of more than 100 twisters,”
This week’s “swarm” was unusual because it happened over a particularly wide geographic area and came amid an especially active stretch.
In the 1970s, it was more typical to have one day a year with 25 or more tornadoes. In recent years, that’s jumped to four days in a year, “a really large change,” said Harold Brooks, a senior research scientist with the National Weather Service’s National Severe Storms Laboratory.
A Sliver of Good News: According to Brooks, in the 1970s, there were about 150 days per year in which an EF-1 or stronger tornado occurred. Now that’s down to less than 100 days.
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