The chart shows the annual strong/violent (categories F3, F4 and F5) tornado count in the US back to 1954 when the NOAA started tracking these data.
Last year there were only 12 tornadoes in the US, all category F3 (strong), which is the lowest annual tornado count for the US in more than 60 years of modern records.
Further, it was the first year ever in the US that there wasn’t a single violent tornado in the violent F4 or F5 categories.
Tornadoes only killed 10 Americans in 2018, the fewest since unofficial records began in 1875 during the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant.
The previous record low year for tornado deaths was 1910, when 12 people died, according to data from NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. In an “average” year, 69 people are killed by tornadoes in the U.S., the Weather Channel said.Meanwhile, as reported earlier, crops yields are getting better in the midwest, and farmers are planting more corn and soybeans farther north and farther west.
One wonders if we've been asking the wrong questions ...
By the way, if you go to the link above, be sure to look at median income of various ethnic groups in the US. It might surprise you.
For All The Sapiens Out There Tonight