2006 Another Below Average Year for Tornadoes in Oklahoma

That darn global warming is at it again. First, we have the near glacier across parts of the plains and now a report of limited tornado activity. So much for more wild and nasty weather!


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
205 PM CST WED JAN 3 2007

OKZ004>048-050>052-040300-
205 PM CST WED JAN 3 2007

...ANOTHER BELOW AVERAGE YEAR FOR TORNADOES IN OKLAHOMA...

FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW...OKLAHOMA HAS SEEN MUCH LOWER THAN AVERAGE
NUMBERS OF TORNADOES. PRELIMINARY STATISTICS FOR 2006 INDICATE THAT
27 TORNADOES WERE REPORTED IN THE STATE...WHICH MATCHES THE NUMBER
REPORTED IN 2005. BASED ON DATA SINCE 1950...THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF
TORNADOES IN THE STATE IS 54.

OF THE 27 TORNADOES REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...15
WERE RATED AS F0 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. EIGHT TORNADOES WERE RATED
F1...AND TWO WERE RATED AS F3. IT'S ALSO INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT
2006 MARKED THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR WITH NO VIOLENT - F4 OR F5 -
TORNADOES REPORTED IN OKLAHOMA.

THE TWO F3 TORNADOES OCCURRED IN CHEROKEE AND DELAWARE COUNTIES IN
FAR NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA ON MARCH 12TH. THE TORNADO THAT RECEIVED THE
MOST NEWS ATTENTION OCCURRED NEAR EL RENO ON APRIL 24TH...AS THREE
TELEVISION NEWS HELICOPTERS CIRCLED THE TORNADO AND CAPTURED
SPECTACULAR VIDEO OF AN AIRPLANE HANGAR BEING DAMAGED. THE EL RENO
TORNADO WAS RATED F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE.


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SMITH
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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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