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US tornado alley goes quiet, Canada’s season had roaring start

US tornado alley goes quiet, Canada’s season had roaring start

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A single U.S. outbreak in April produced more tornadoes than May and June combined. Tornado sirens are a fact of life for people in the United States’ traditional ‘tornado alley’ in the country’s midsection. But it looks like the region had something of a reprieve this season, boasting May and June tornado numbers lower than they’ve been for half a century or more, with the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) going so far as to call it a tornado drought. May’s preliminary tornado count of 59, for example, is the lowest in 50 years, while June mustered no more than 50 twisters, the fewest since 1952. The drought is enough to bring 2020 in below average so far, though some parts of the country have had higher than normal tornado activity. The 2020 season didn’t start out this slow. May and June’s combined count is less than a single outbreak over the Easter weekend in April that produced 114 confirmed tornadoes and killed more than 30 people. That month as a whole produced 351…
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