Tornado Count for 2014: Way Below Average (So Far)

The frigid winter of 2014 made for lots of ice and snow in many parts of the nation, including several slippery spells in Texoma.

The upside of this cold pattern has been a very low incidence of severe weather. In fact, the total U.S. tornado count for 2014 as reported by the SPC was just 49 tornadoes through March 10; less than 1/3 of the YTD average. 

Does that mean we will have a quiet spring? It’s tough to say, but 2013 had one of the lowest tornado counts on record nationally while both Texas and Oklahoma suffered hits by large and deadly tornadoes.  In fact, the El Reno tornado of May 31, 2013 is the largest tornado on record at 2.6 miles in width. The Granbury, Texas EF4 tornado of May 15, 2013 was the largest north Texas tornado in 20 years. 

No matter what happens this spring, I encourage you to have multiple sources for weather information such as our News 12 cell phone app (free), a NOAA Weatheradio, live streaming newscasts on our website, and of course our TV broadcasts. The cell phone app is especially useful as you can continue to monitor dangerous weather on the go or in the event of a power failure.

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist/News 12

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