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Weather extremes gave Oklahoma an unusually low tornado count, experts say

By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World Modified: September 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm •  Published: September 1, 2014
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Remember the frigid weather Oklahomans trudged through during the last few months of 2013 and the first few months of this year? Remember driving in the snow and walking to work in sub-zero temperatures?

Congratulations. All that cold, hard work is paying off. Researchers believe the extremely cold winter months likely held down the number of tornadoes in Oklahoma this year, resulting in the fewest twisters in the state since 1988.

Only 13 tornadoes hit the state through June this year, which was the latest available data. Only one of those tornadoes — an April 27 EF2 that injured 12 and killed one person in Quapaw — was of any “significance,” said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.

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