We’ve seen a couple of tornadoes already this year in the Miami Valley but there are some states in tornado alley haven’t seen any at all.
Typically by the middle of April several states in the plains have had several twisters touch down. But that’s not the case this year.
Both Oklahoma and Kansas have seen no tornadoes in 2018. According to climate data these areas usually see at least a dozen by this time of the year. Since 1950, Oklahoma has never seen a year where no tornadoes were reported.
If Kansas doesn’t see a tornado at all in April – this would mark the fourth time since records began that no twisters have touched down.
Here’s a look at the preliminary tornado count across the country. About 227 tornadoes have touched down since January 1st. That’s well below the 10 year average of 426 tornadoes.
As for the buckeye state – we’ve seen 8 twisters touch down this year. Our yearly average is 19 tornadoes.
Much of the tornadoes we saw in Ohio this year touched down on April 3rd. Including one a few miles north of Xenia – 44 years after the super outbreak that caused the EF5 tornado in Xenia.