This Past May Is The First Since 2005 Without A Tornado Fatality

This tweet from Justin Kenney, of the Pew Environment Group, caught our attention:

“This was the first May without a #tornado fatality in US since 2005″

And, indeed, it’s a ray of sunshine in all the bad weather news we bring you. For the most part May is usually very deadly when it comes to tornadoes. In 2011, according to the National Weather Service, 178 people died in May. In 2010, 7 did. In 2009, 5 Americans perished.

And it all makes sense: Looking at historical data from 1991 to 2010, May has been the most active month of the year for tornadoes. Look at this chart:

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