BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT-TV) With just four months left in 2013, this is shaping up to be a below average year for tornadoes. We typically see 1200 nationwide, but there have only been a little over 500 this year. But in that count includes the memorable devastation back in May tearing through Kansas and Oklahoma. Greg Carbin has the unenviable job of keeping track of the number of storms that spawn high wind, tornado and hail. He’s the warning coordination meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman Oklahoma. He was recently in town to address the Central Alabama chapter of the National Weather Association. During the visit, I interviewed him, which you can play above.
As expected, he doesn’t put too much weight on the number of tornadoes, since they can bring such destruction. He also indicated that the weather service is looking into ways to account for data along as damage as a way of estimating a tornado’s severity. Here’s a link to the page Greg manages counting all the severe weather stats.