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Posted: 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013
By John Ahrens
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Charlotte is coming to the tail end of the severe weather season, but this year has not been much of a severe weather year at all. In fact, in the past year, the tornado count nationwide has only been around 200, one of the lowest numbers in 20 years. Severe Weather Center 9 is taking a look at what is happening and how long it can continue. The winds seem a lot calmer lately to Tracy Endicott. "It has definitely been more quiet at night and during the day," said Endicott.Endicott and her friend Katherine White lived through that powerful EF2 that slashed through their northeast Charlotte neighborhood with winds over 110 mph. She is grateful that this year has been calmer. "It has been a constant rain, but other than that it has not been storming much at all," said White. White's house was just two doors down from that March 2012 tornado. This year, there have been no tornadoes and only a little over a dozen reports of storm damage in the Charlotte metro area. "The statistics are pretty striking," said Brian Magi from UNC Charlotte. Now that the temperatures are setting to rise up close to 90 later this week, the extra heat will lead to more energy for thunderstorms.
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