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QUIET TIMES DURING PEAK SEVERE WEATHER SEASON....

We haven't had to talk too much about severe weather recently, which is a good thing. However, it is unusual. We have essentially passed the "peak" of tornado season in the Upper Midwest, but July is still an active month typically. In the U.S. there were 351 tornado reports in July, 140 in May, and 108 in July.

Here's a look at the tornado report count across the U.S. for 2020

In Iowa there have been 23 confirmed tornadoes with 31 reports in Illinois so far. Iowa typically averages around 50 tornadoes per year, Illinois averages around 64. The bulk of those tornadoes come between April to June. But in June Iowa had just one tornado (rated an EF-U, unknown, didn't produce any damage). I can only find one tornado in Illinois in June (also was weak).

This is not just confined to the Midwest, June was unusually quiet across the country. Here's some stats/graphics from the Storm Prediction Center: