Peak Tornado Season Is Casualty-Free
For second year on record, no one killed during peak tornado season.
For the first time since 2005, May and June have passed without a single death resulting from a tornado. This is unusual because these months are considered to be peak tornado season. In fact, 2018 is only the second year on record with no tornado related deaths during these months. Because of only three tornado-related deaths the entire year, projections estimate that this could be the safest year for tornadoes on record. If current trends continue, 2018 will wildly undershoot the yearly average of 71 Americans killed by tornados. We have yet to make it through the second, less deadly tornado season that usually happens in November. However, its destruction has never rivaled that of the spring season, so it’s likely that this year’s death toll will still fall far below average.
According to AccuWeather, this relatively benign tornado season is due in part to a lack of warm and humid air in the central United States as well as recurrent bouts of cold air from Canada. However, others claim that the environment is not the only thing affecting this year’s tornado season. Rapidly evolving technology has undoubtedly played an integral part in preparedness and mitigation of these natural disasters. We at Geospiza believe that technology has the power to save lives and that is why it is our driving purpose. We are excited to see that technology is getting the credit it deserves for its role in helping save lives during this year’s tornado season. With strong partnerships between technology developers and emergency management professionals, we believe that technology will continue to be an important tool in protecting communities when other disasters strike.
"Accurate and timely watches and warnings – including cell phone alerts – supported in part by improved radar technology play a major role in saving lives throughout the tornado season," -- Chris Vaccaro, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Spokesman