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Tornadoes: Oklahoma second highest in the nation for 2013

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 9:57 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Oklahoma's 79 tornadoes in 2013 was the second-greatest total in the nation, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The total topped the state's average of 57 tornadoes per year between 1981 and 2010, according to NOAA data. But the number didn't eclipse the 145 reported in 1999, the most since officials began recording tornado data in 1950.

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2 comments:

  • RonW Ballew posted at 7:18 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    ronba-149 Posts: 2556

    Everyone needs an underground tornado shelter, because a tornado can hit anywhere, at any time. Building codes should be revised to require underground tornado shelters at all occupied homes and buildings.

     
  • RonW Ballew posted at 7:16 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    ronba-149 Posts: 2556

    Just because a 300 mph tornado does not hit a building does not keep it from being an EF-5 tornado. And I think we had a lot more than 1 tornado with wind speeds of over 200 mph, making them EF-5 tornados.

    Downgrading tornadoes is done to keep insurance costs lower. They even claim that some tornadoes are straight line winds to keep insurance costs lower.

     
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