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Tornadoes escalating in the United States


After laying low for several years, tornadoes have erupted over the last two weeks as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the Midwest. On Monday, the current record of 11 consecutive days was tied with at least eight tornadoes confirmed on each of those days. The previous 11-day stretch of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980. The National Weather Service had already received at 27 more reports of tornadoes on Tuesday, opening the possibility that the record for consecutive days could be broken once official totals are in. The Weather Service has received 934 tornado reports so far this year, up from the yearly average of 743 observed tornadoes. More than 500 of those reports came in the last 30 days. The actual number may be lower, as some reports probably came from different witnesses who spot the same twister. The U.S. has been experiencing a lull in the number of tornadoes since 2012, with tornado counts tracking at or below average each year and meteorologists still working to figure out why.

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