Oklahoma has landed on more national lists of recognition the past five years than ever, it seems like. Here’s a list that, historically, should place the state highly — but in 2012 we barely rated even a mention.
Hurricane Sandy, sadly for the millions affected, stole the show last year. Read a summary of the summary here.
Oklahoma’s single mention in the summary? In a table showing states with 30 or more tornadoes in 2012. We had 41 all year, a drop in the bucket. By way of comparison, on May 3, 1999, SIXTY-SIX tornadoes dropped in Oklahoma and Kansas. In one day: 66.
What gives? Why the tornado drought? Well, CoreLogic points to the drought-drought:
“It has been suggested that the drought conditions that dominated the midsummer months served to minimize the opportunity for the formation of tornadoes, which could explain the dramatic drop in tornado incidents in the later months of 2012 following a highly active start from January through May. Given the continuing drought conditions throughout much of the central U.S. in the latter months of 2012, it is reasonable to expect that tornado activity will remain at a lower level through 2013 if these conditions persist.”
I can live with that. I mean, if we’re stuck in a drought, I’ll take fewer tornadoes as a consolation.