This year has been a bust for tornadoes. They've been few and far between.
When comparing 2014 to the last 60 years, this year ranks near the 20th percentile. That means roughly only 12 other years have seen fewer tornadoes.
With one or two exceptions, tornado reports have been trickling in this year.
Most of the tornadoes we've seen have been expected. All the right ingredients were coming together on a large scale.
There have been a few surprises, though.
During the first week of summer, no tornadoes were expected anywhere near Indianapolis. Storms were in the forecast, but straight line winds were considered the only threat.
On the afternoon of June 24, an EF-1 tornado traveled two miles through the Indianapolis suburb, Plainfield. During its short 8 minutes on the ground, it managed to rip through an auto auction park, toss an RV onto a home, and damage between 75 and 100 homes.
This storm hit quickly, and some people attributed their safety to the Storm Shield Weather Radio App, championing it on social media.
@rtv6 I bought Storm Shield App last yr & 2day it paid off! 1 tornado came within 1,000 ft. Alerts kept me safe. The $4.99 is well worth it!— John Waudby (@waudbyjohn) June 25, 2014
When the power goes out or other warning methods don't work, the Storm Shield Weather Radio App can keep people informed and safe.
Other weather products issue warnings for entire counties. Storm Shield issues storm-based alerts, so you're only getting alerts for your exact location. This means fewer false alarms.
Since Storm Shield knows a user’s current location, he gets severe weather alerts no matter where he is.
He'll still get warnings for any saved locations within the app and always be warned of severe weather at any location just in case the severe weather season picks up the second half of the year.
Follow Storm Shield Meteorologist Jason Meyers via the Storm Shield app on twitter, @StormShieldApp and Facebook. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are.