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Slow tornado season for Wisconsin

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – June is peak tornado season in Wisconsin. And in a typical year, Wisconsin sees around 25 tornadoes. But so far this year, there's hasn't been a single one.

“We have no tornadoes yet in the state of Wisconsin,” said Dan Baumgardt, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in La Crosse. “There's only been nine years since 1950 that we've gotten this late [in the year] without a tornado.”

And it's not just Wisconsin; nationally tornadoes are down as well. So far there have been around 550 tornadoes across the United States. In a normal year we would have seen 891 by now.

According to Baumgardt cool weather and lower humidity has played a big roll in keeping the numbers down this year.

“Tornadoes occur in very special environments,” said Baumgardt. “Not only do you need thunderstorms, and so you need heat and humidity. But you need a very specific wind profile not only at the surface but above the surface. And so you need all these special ingredients to come together and we just haven't see that this year in Wisconsin.”

But even without tornadoes, weather this time of year can still be very dangerous.

Floods and flash floods are the number one thunderstorm related killer in the United States, and are responsible for an average of three deaths per year in Wisconsin. Tornadoes, on the other hand, are responsible for an average of one death per year around the state.

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