Introducing The New Dana Nuccitelli Commemorative WUWT Tornado Reference Page

(Photo credits: NOAA)

We are pleased to introduce WUWT’s newest addition, the WUWT Tornado Reference Page. We would like to dedicate this page to Dana Nuccitelli, of Skeptical Science infamy, who single-handedly managed to get Keith Kloor, Roger Pielke Jr., William Connolley, Thomas Fuller, Harold Brooks and countless others, all on the same side of a debate. At least most of us can agree that disparaging good scientists with unsupported assertions about “misleading the American public”, is not helpful to any side or anyone within this debate, unless of course you are a paid mudslinger.

Anyways, the WUWT Tornado Reference Page offers a combination of Current Convective Watches, Storm/Tornado Reports, 1 and 2 Day Outlooks and Historical Data on the Strength, Frequency and Location of tornadoes in the United States. The United States “experiences approximately 75 percent of the world’s known tornadoes”, however there weren’t graphs or graphics identified for the approximately 25% of global tornadoes that occur outside the U.S. If you are aware of any Global tornado graphs  graphics, or have suggestions for additional U.S. content, please post them in comments.

Below are a few observations from the new WUWT Tornado Reference Page:

U.S. Inflation Adjusted Annual Tornado Trend and Percentile Ranks show that the current tornado count of 790 for 2013 is 154 tornadoes below the historical minimum of 944, 497 tornadoes below the 50th percentile of 1287 and 1089 tornadoes below the historical maximum 1879:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Storm Prediction Center- Click the pic to view at source

Tornado counts are Inflation Adjusted “because the increase in tornado reports over the last 54 years is almost entirely due to secular trends such as population increase, increased tornado awareness, and more robust and advanced reporting networks.” NOAA – Storm Prediction Center  However, for reference, the following are non-Inflation Adjusted Preliminary U.S. Annual Tornado Trend From National Weather Services Local Storm Reports. Currently the Preliminary U.S. Tornado Count for 2013 year to date is 934, which is 544 tornadoes below the 2005 – 2012 average of 1478 and 134 tornadoes below the 2012 low of 1068 tornadoes.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Storm Prediction Center – Click the pic to view at source

When looking over a longer time frame U.S. EF1-EF5 Tornadoes;

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) – Click the pic to view at source

U.S. Strong to Violent EF3-EF5 Tornadoes;

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) – Click the pic to view at source

and Normalized US Tornado Damage;

Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter and Roger Pielke – Click the pic to view at source

“tornadoes have not increased in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since 1950, and there is some evidence to suggest that they have actually declined.” as Roger Pielke, Jr. noted in his recent testimony at a congressional Sub-Committee hearing on “A FACTUAL LOOK AT THE RELATIONSHIP OF CLIMATE AND WEATHER”. You can either believe the data, your own eyes and Roger, or you can believe Dana Nuccitelli and his claim that unamed “Tornado experts say @RogerPielkeJr and Richard Muller are misleading the American public”…

In addition to the WUWT Tornado Reference Page. if you have not had the opportunity to review some our other WUWT Reference Pages it is highly recommended:

Please note that WUWT cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data within the Reference Pages, as WUWT is simply an aggregator. All of the data is linked from third party sources. If you have doubts about the accuracy of any of the graphs on the WUWT Reference Pages, or have any suggested additions or improvements to any of the pages, please let us know in comments below.

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Jeff Alberts
December 22, 2013 11:10 am

“Commerative?” Does Dana get his own vocabulary now? 😉

December 22, 2013 11:14 am

…. my mind still reads that as ‘Nutticelli’ … perhaps a change in the surname was effected sometime in the past …

Tom J
December 22, 2013 11:22 am

‘Frequency and Location of tornadoes in the United States. The United States “experiences approximately 75 percent of the world’s known tornadoes”’
You mean to say, that with only 5% of the world’s population, the United States consumes 75% of the world’s tornadoes? This over consumption of the Earth’s resources by the US, and particularly its unsustainable middle class lifestyle, has got to stop.

Box of Rocks
December 22, 2013 11:36 am

Can a map be generated and updated to show where they form?
I know that take time…

December 22, 2013 11:45 am

Here is some information about Canadian tornadoes:
and specifically studies of tornadoes in Alberta:
(These papers no longer appear to be pay walled.)

Rob Dawg
December 22, 2013 11:55 am


December 22, 2013 11:57 am

Just looking at ‘normalised tornado damage’ plot it suggests this may be something that should be plotted on a log scale. I’m sure damages do not rise linearly with wind speed ( wind speed cubed would be a likely proposition, that is what gives the power transfer as with wind turbine calculations).
I think in that case we will see how it varies more clearly. Already I would say it hit a minimum in 1997.
Then if we take a look at extra-tropical N. Pacific SST that determines air entering the west coast, and tropical to southern, north Atlantic SST that determines the air entering from the east, we may get some insight into how temperature variations relate ( or not ) to tornado count.

December 22, 2013 12:18 pm

It appears that Canadian tornadoes occur only where there are people.

December 22, 2013 12:22 pm

Normalized damage means absolutely nothing, you could have a season of low count with massive damage hitting populated areas OR a season of high count that are mainly rural. The odds of hitting populated areas are completely chance variables. That being said trailer parks appear to have a magnetic attraction for storms. ( or they are easier to be damaged ) hint

Gareth Phillips
December 22, 2013 12:25 pm

I would imagine Dana Nuccitelli will take it in good spirit and be suitably honoured that his profile is such that he has been honoured by the widest read climate blog on the net.

December 22, 2013 12:31 pm

Speed says:
December 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm
It appears that Canadian tornadoes occur only where there are people.

And that is the big problem with all tornado research. You generally need people to report their occurrence. A situation that is particularly difficult in sparsely populated Canadian areas.

Shub Niggurath
December 22, 2013 12:32 pm

“It appears that Canadian tornadoes occur only where there are people.”
He He.

Kon Dealer
December 22, 2013 12:34 pm

Plain ol’ Damn Nutter is probably an accurate description of this “dramagreen” whacko.

December 22, 2013 12:36 pm

So there IS one useful thing Dana did in his life .. getting this thing going.

Gunga Din
December 22, 2013 12:37 pm

_Jim says:
December 22, 2013 at 11:14 am
…. my mind still reads that as ‘Nutticelli’ … perhaps a change in the surname was effected sometime in the past …

Isn’t that some kind of breakfast spread made form nuts?

December 22, 2013 1:11 pm

What I want to know is where one can find the data for the above time series plots of EF 1+ and EF 3+ Tornadoes. I would be interesting to analyze them for relationships with ENSO and other things that way. But the links onlly go to the graphics.

James from Arding
December 22, 2013 1:34 pm

The link above to “Global Climate Page” seems to be broken?
On tornadoes – I have done quite a bit of walking in the Australian bush over many years and have often come across localised damage from “high wind” events. We tend not to call them tornadoes in Australia but cyclones. It is only when one of these hit suburbia do they rate a mention in the main stream press and of course any in the last 10 years or so are definitely due to “carbon pollution” /sarc.

Pedantic old Fart
December 22, 2013 1:52 pm

@ James from Arding,
That is the first time I have read an Australian confusing tornados with Cyclones. However, I’m disturbed by the recent tendency by the public and the press to report every bit of storm damage to be the result of a “mini-tornado” and “like a bomb going off” all within the CO2-induced extreme weather meme

December 22, 2013 2:38 pm

Dana doesn’t care he just keeps cashing his paychecks that Exxon helped pay for,

December 22, 2013 2:48 pm

MaxLD says
And that is the big problem with all tornado research. You generally need people to report their occurrence. A situation that is particularly difficult in sparsely populated Canadian areas.
Most Alberta/Saskatchewan storms do get reported/spotted. It’s just most do not become news until they hit a town or several farms or someone dies. Edmonton and Pinelake are the most recent where deaths and damage have occurred.
Another where damage stats mean nothing for year to year tracking, those are just odds of being hit if a tornado touches down. Alberta is interesting case in point where insurance companies are claiming global warming/climate change to justify rate hikes for hail damage. They claim an increase in both severity and frequency. While neither of those have occurred, it’s an easier sell to the general public. The only thing that has increased is the population due to oil production jobs, so the odds have increased in finding cars and oases to damage. The other thing that has changed is the materials used to build both cars and houses are materials less likely to handle hail. Cars sheet metal is way thinner than the 50’s thru 70’s vehicles. And the use of plastics in both vehicles and housing materials make hail damage more likely. Using the climate change angle the public has been conditioned to accept makes it easier for them.

December 22, 2013 2:51 pm

Oases = houses (iPad keyboard grrr)

Richard M
December 22, 2013 2:54 pm

Dana is the perfect choice. After all, he knows how to spin.

December 22, 2013 2:57 pm

Shub Niggurath says:
December 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm
“It appears that Canadian tornadoes occur only where there are people.”
He He.
That must mean that it’s people causing the tornadoes?
On a seriously serious note is all the extra tornado energy hiding in the 25% not recorded?
Well prove me wrong then…
Go on.
I don’t really need to put a “sarc” on this do I?

December 22, 2013 3:20 pm

I believe all the missing hurricanes are below 700m which explains why we can’t see them.

December 22, 2013 3:22 pm

Whoops! not “hurricanes”, “tornados”

December 22, 2013 3:47 pm

Dana will like this. 🙂 We must act now! Dana will take the initiative by telling his oil employer, Tetra Tech, to act on climate change. Tetra will in due course stop its assisted digging in oil sands of the United States of America. It’s all for the sake of the grandchildren. Hansen agrees.

UK has ‘highest tornado rate’ in the world
The UK has the highest number of reported tornadoes for its land area of any country in the world, experts say.

[UK Tornado] and Storm Research Organisation
But it is much worse that we imagined?

2012 – IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters:
FAQ 3.1 Is the Climate Becoming More Extreme?………..
“There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change”
“The statement about the absence of trends in impacts attributable to natural or anthropogenic climate change holds for tropical and extratropical storms and tornados”
“The absence of an attributable climate change signal in losses also holds for flood losses”
IPCC Special Report on Extremes, Chapter 4

December 22, 2013 3:58 pm

Here is some extra reading material on the UK’s terrible tornado situation. The Prime Minister must act now on climate change for the sake of the littleuns. They are screaming!!!

N. Bolton et al.
Forecasting tornadoes in the United Kingdom
This paper identifies the synoptic situations, and combinations of those situations, together with other influences such as topography and minor fronts (e.g. sea breeze and coastal fronts), that produce tornadoes in the United Kingdom (UK). This marks an important step towards improving the forecasting of tornadoes in the UK and the issuing of tornado warnings at suitable times……

john robertson
December 22, 2013 4:07 pm

Tell me, that it is a coincidence that Dana just won Prat of the Years, from Pointman.
Pointman does a wonderful ode to Dana’s magnificence ignorance.
Well worth a read, Merry Christmas.

December 22, 2013 4:10 pm

Hey Dana, here is your oil services employer at work, expanding its fossil fuel network last year. Dana, you are such a hypocrite, you just can’t resist fossil fuel funding. I for one don’t work for any fossil fuel company and don’t receive a single dime from any either. My only interests in fossil fuels is that I use them, like the consensus of Warmist hypocrites. What about you Dana???? Chirp, chirp. Haaa, haaaaaaaaa.

Tetra Tech Expands Services to Shale Oil Market with Rooney Engineering Acquisition
PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 6, 2012— Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK) announced today that it has acquired Rooney Engineering, Inc. (REI), an oil and gas pipeline planning and engineering firm based in Colorado.

December 22, 2013 4:37 pm

The last time I was banned at the Guardian (about 4 weeks ago) it was under one of Dana ‘Nutter’ Oil Selly‘s articles. He cited the 97% consensus while trumpeting a minority of climate scientists backing his latest horse poop claim. I pointed out ‘the problem’ and was promptly banned. I can’t remember the article but my comment got some great up clicks. I also compared his stance to Lysenkoism.

December 22, 2013 5:45 pm

“I also compared his stance to Lysenkoism.”
There was a time when you would have been shot for saying such a thing……Bet they wish though….

Yet they call others fascists….

Brian H
December 22, 2013 6:10 pm

_Jim says:
December 22, 2013 at 11:14 am
…. my mind still reads that as ‘Nutticelli’ … perhaps a change in the surname was effected sometime in the past …
Isn’t that some kind of breakfast spread made form nuts?

Chocolate and almonds.

December 22, 2013 7:04 pm

Nutella: Chocolate and Filberts

December 22, 2013 8:32 pm

I noticed that the highest year for tornado activity was 1879 about 30 years after North America came out of the Little Ice Age. I would suppose this is because this is when maximum heat differentials were present in the atmosphere vs oceans vs land. And with 2013 being one of the years of the lowest tornado activity I suppose this was due to low temperature differentials, perhaps because of a near zero trend of temperature for the last 17 years, thus an equalization of temperature differentials. If so, does this mean that we are seeing the lowest value of tornado activity, or will it continue to generally trend downward, or will there be a reversal of tornado activity? What if North American temperatures continue to or start to fall?

December 23, 2013 2:27 am

Is the normalized tornado damage adjusted for inflation?

December 23, 2013 4:14 am

I’m not sure celebrating an irrational eco-activist that can’t or wont even calculate some junior high math is a good idea. Dana is best ignored.
Note to Mods, you were probably right to moderate my previous descriptions of Dana but in fact, in my opinion I was technically correct. Dana’s behaviour is in my opinion irrational when it comes to CAGW. What reasonable rational person will refuse to consider simple refuting evidence or refuse to do some simple arithmetic to get perspective on CAGW. Irrational is a synonym for my previous description, which was hyperbole, designed to highlight this.

December 23, 2013 4:19 am

Actually I believe it is normalised for inflation and population.

Roger Clague
December 23, 2013 4:59 am

I know who Dana is and who he works for. I don’t know who justthefactswuwt is or who he works for.
I should. Even though it makes no difference to the quality of their arguments.

Peter Miller
December 23, 2013 7:04 am

Using the best of alarmist scientific methodology, I have derived the following, sometimes with the help of Wikipedia:
1. Nut: Mildly lunatic
2. Tic: Blood sucking insect, which can cause great damage.
3. Elli – Old age.
On par with a typical troll comment – not funny, but perhaps in this case, appropriate.

December 23, 2013 7:21 am

Thanks Anthony, JustTheFacts, a great addition.

December 23, 2013 8:46 am

As Mr Nuccitelli sails skyward hoisted by the mighty up-draught of his very own Petard, he will at the zenith perhaps have a moment to look below.
As he cartwheels betwixt, he can contemplate a beautiful blue world below and give thanks for all of it. Before rushing down.

December 23, 2013 9:20 am

This is a link to the European Severe Weather Database that allows you to select a report based on type of severe weather, date range, and several other options.
I don’t know if that is exactly what you are looking for but it’s a good source of information.

Roger Clague
December 23, 2013 12:29 pm

justthefactswuwt says:
December 23, 2013 at 9:31 am
I’d prefer that who I am not distract from the clear and unbiased presentation of the facts.
Describing Dana as a mudslinger is a literary metaphor not an unbiased fact.
Anonymous posters should be especially careful to avoid ad homs
Who you does not affect presentation of facts. Who you are will affect confidence in what you present.

Roger Clague
December 26, 2013 3:57 am

Attacking reputations is part of science. We do it all the time here. You are questioning Dana’s reputation, especially his motives.You are mudslinging.
The new tornado page is a fair response. However there are not just facts. There are arguments using evidence for or against theories.
The problem for me is that you are hiding your reputation. Do you have a record of being right about other
theories? We don’t know.
The only reason I understand for posting anonymously is if otherwise you expect adverse reaction, for example getting sacked. Why are you not proud to put your name to your work?

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