Tornadoes, incidents of severe weather down 40 percent
Fewest Indiana has seen since 1985
Last Updated: 100 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Though a deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., May 20, incidents of severe weather are down on the whole in Indiana and across the nation.
That tornado, more than a mile wide with winds up to 210 miles per hour, blew across the ground for 17 miles, killing 25 and injuring nearly 400.
However incidents of severe weather around the nation are down 40 percent on the whole, with 717 reported nationwide. Only nine of those occurred in Indiana.
Meteorologists say it's the lowest number of incidents we've seen since 1985, and they're pinning it on cooler weather.
"When you talk about what we've had in May, June and July, we've been cooler than we're used to," said Dan McCarthy, of the National Weather Service. "This is coming up to our first 90-degree stretch that we've had all summer this week."
And while this week is expected to bring heat and humidity, Hoosiers aren't complaining.
"It's been real enjoyable," said Joe Griffith, a retired firefighter. "[You can] ride your bike every night. What would you give the weather this year? An A? Yeah, I'd say an A, But we're dropping to about a B right now."
The good weather has been a boon for summer events like the Indy 500 and the Indiana State Fair, which saw record attendance numbers this year, nearly reaching 1 million visitors.
According to the National Weather Service, 45 people have died this year nationwide in tornadoes. But 42 of those fatalities were in May alone – and more than half of those deaths were in Moore, Okla.
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