Above-Normal Tornado Season Expected in 2012
The U.S. should expect an active severe weather season with above-normal tornadoes in 2012. That’s after a near-record number of tornadoes in 2011, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.com in State College, Penn. Last year ranks as the fourth most deadly tornado year ever recorded in the U.S. There were 1,709 tornadoes in 2011, which fell short of the record 1,817 tornadoes set in 2004. In comparison, AccuWeather said the average number of tornadoes over the past decade is around 1,300.
Above-normal tornadoes are anticipated again this year. Warmer-than-normal Gulf of Mexico water is a key component to the active severe weather season anticipated in 2012. There will be a sufficient supply of warm and humid air to fuel supercell thunderstorms, the type of storms that spawn strong tornadoes, because of the warm Gulf water.
Read the projection for tornadoes in 2012: Another Above-Normal Tornado Season (Insurance Journal 2/21/2012)