U.S. sets record of 284 straight days without a tornado death

May 18, 2013
On 1/17/2018, USA Today reported that the "U.S. sets record of 246 straight days without a tornado death". 38 days latter the first tornado fatalities of 2018 where reported (2/24/2018 in Tennessee and Kentucky), so I adjusted the headline. So far in 2018, there have been 3 reported tornado fatalities in the US (https://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/torn/fatalmap.php#)

Full article at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2018/01/17/u-s-sets-record-246-straight-days-without-tornado-death/1041125001/

Here is an excerpt:
"It's been 246 days since a person in the U.S. was killed by a tornado, the longest such streak since accurate records began in 1950, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.

That easily beats the previous record-long streak of 220 days set from June 24, 2012, through Jan. 30, 2013, said Patrick Marsh, a meteorologist at the center.

Long stretches without a single tornado death are becoming more common: All streaks of 200 days or longer have occurred within the past 5 years, Marsh said.

The USA's most recent deadly tornadoes both hit on May 16, 2017, in Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

As for a reason for the streak, there really isn't one besides good luck, said Harold Brooks, a tornado researcher with NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla.

However, while fewer tornadoes in recent years is one explanation for the lower death toll, it doesn't tell the whole story, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's not surprising that the four longest periods on record without a tornado fatality have occurred within the past six years," said weather service director Louis Uccellini. He said that since the deadly 2011 tornado season — which included the Joplin, Mo., tornado that killed over 150 people — NOAA has made a concerted effort to improve America's preparedness and response to tornadoes."
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