Here's some news we can all agree is good. The U.S. has had only one tornado this November.
That may be one too many, but the November average is reportedly 58, according to The Washington Post. And even that one tornado in Kansas didn't do any visible damage, according to the National Weather Service.
November is considered one of the peak months for tornadoes, but in 1976, not a single recorded twister hit the U.S. So the record can't be broken this year. 2016 is on track to rank among the most tornado-light years overall.
What's special about November?
There are two big moments for tornado season: spring and fall. Spring is the biggest, as warm air hits the lingering cold air from the winter over the Rocky Mountains. In the fall, roughly the opposite process happens, often leading to a surge of storms. But Harold Brooks, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tornado expert, said November is often very feast-or-famine.
This year, tornadoes were undone by a drought in the Southeast that has also led to costly wildfires.
This might sound ominous to those who remember 2015. In that year, there were a record-low 15 deaths by tornadoes in the U.S. Then December came, and the toll spiked as tornadoes ravaged the South.