While there have been some pretty extreme weather events nationwide in the past year, the number of tornadoes in the United States during the past 12 months has been historically low. There were only 197 confirmed EF1 and stronger tornadoes between May 2012 and April 2013. That is 50 fewer tornadoes than the previous record low for 12 consecutive months. Check out the statistics below:
Fewest EF1 or higher tornadoes in a 12 month period in the United States since 1954 (Month is starting date)
197 May 2012 (preliminary)
247 June 1991
270 November 1986
289 December 2001
298 June 2000
There were 7 tornado-related fatalities in the United States in that 12 month timespan. That is the second fewest number of fatalities since 1875.
Fewest tornado-related fatalities in the United States since 1875
5 September 1899
7 May 2012
8 August 1991
12 November 1909
12 May 1940
Data taken from the U.S. Severe Weather Blog from Norman, OK.