Northern Ohio has seven tornadoes in two weeks; Nationally tornado numbers are low

CLEVELAND - It's been an active tornado month for Ohio.

On Wednesday, National Weather Service Officials from Pittsburgh confirmed a tornado touchdown in northern Carroll County, just southeast of Canton.

The twister was a weak one, with winds of about 75 miles per hour. That makes it an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Damage Scale.

The storm touched down at 5:22 pm near the intersection of Melody and Apollo roads in Norristown and continued east for three miles into Five Forks, Columbiana County. Trees were toppled and split. A barn and a silo also suffered some damage. Thankfully, no injuries.

This tornado is the seventh one to touchdown in northern Ohio in the last two weeks.

On July 10, a major squall line produced flooding, straight-line wind damage and 5 tornadoes across our NewsChannel5 viewing area. Hardest hit was the community of Mineral City in Tuscarawas County. An EF-1 tornado destroyed the town's fire station with winds near 100 miles per hour.

The sixth tornado touched down early Saturday morning, damaging the gymnasium at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike. That storm was also an EF-1, with winds to 110 miles per hour.

Overall, though, tornado numbers are low across the United States in 2013. Looking at the numbers from The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma, tornado touchdowns from Jan. 1 to July 22, are just above the lowest ever recorded. That is, as of July 22, 2013, the U.S. has logged roughly 567 tornadoes. That's just 34 higher than lowest number ever recorded (533) for the same time period. (See Graph)

The reason is most likely our persistently cool spring. Cooler than normal air covered the Plains all the way down to the Gulf Coast through the middle part of June. That prevented a lot of warm, muggy air masses from creeping north out of the Gulf of Mexico.

This, of course, follows the record fewest tornadoes in a 12-month period for the modern record. This occurred from May 2012 to April 2013.  Only 197 twisters were logged during that time. Modern records go back to 1954.

Data also shows that the stronger EF-3 to EF-5 tornado numbers are down since the 1970s.

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