Donald Gansauer of Canton noticed the record-high number of tornadoes in the U.S. so far this year and wonders: "Is there any correlation between that number and the potential number of Atlantic hurricanes?" No. In 2004, there were a record 1,717 tornadoes reported, but only 15 named Atlantic storms. But it can work the other way. That is, tropical storms can spawn tornadoes and inflate the tally. Three hurricanes in 2004 - Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - added 237 tornado reports to that year's record tornado count.