As 2015 draws to a close, it's likely to be the year with the fewest U.S. tornado fatalities on record. So far this year, only ten people have died tornado-related deaths in the U.S. The lowest annual total on record occurred in 1910, when there were 12 tornado-related fatalities on record. In the past twenty years, the number of deaths in the U.S. annual average has risen to 80.
The change in tornado locations is consistent with where we are in the El Niño weather pattern. Experts say that this year's drop in fatalities occurred in part because many of this year's storms struck farther west than normal, closer towards the Rockies. There, towns are widely separated by fields and unoccupied land. Improved warning systems have also helped to reduce tornado-related fatalities.
All of us at Halo are thankful that so few this year have been struck by this particular tragedy!