Record Low Killer Tornado Numbers? | News
The Storm Prediction Center has been tracking the periods between killer tornado events for over 60 years. The longest stretch on record is 197 days, ending on February 28, 1987. The second and third place titles both sit at 195 days which happened in 1960 and 1982.
In the last 20 years, the longest stretch we have been able to go was 176 days, which stretched from late 2003 up to mid-April 2004. Only one other year besides 2003-04 in the last 20 years has surpassed the current duration since the last killer tornado and that occurred in 2002, when 168 days went by.
The most recent long killer-free day span is at 166. However, since December is not a high tornado month, the odds that the count will go up are very high. In fact, we could end up breaking the record if we can go 31 more days. Fingers crossed.