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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an average of 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide each year. The federal agency says as of April 29th there have been 588 tornadoes in 2012. You already know that Doppler radar is used to detect tornadoes as they form. Now there is another way to track tornadoes; through their reports.
Climate Central has just unveiled their new Tornado Tracker, an interactive map that lets you see not only where the twisters touched down last year, but where they are being reported now (it’s updated every 10 minutes around the clock), or on any date back to June 1, 2004. The example below shows the display for March 2, 2012, when there was an outbreak of tornadoes in the Southeast and Ohio River Valley: to get to the interactive version just click on the link.