Severe Weather Season Approaches

As the severe weather season quickly approaches, yes I realize that we are still talking snow, but it's spring and anything can happen, we reflect on the seasons of years past. The last couple of years have been pretty dismal in the overall tornado category, but the two previous summers have featured some pretty large wind events not only in the metro but state and region wide. But we can quickly forget how formidable our weather can be in the spring and summer, especially when even our pretty standard winter seems never-ending. Check out some pretty cool stats from the Iowa State Mesonet. The following 2 images show how long specific areas of the country have gone without a tornado watch or warning... land areas are based on the National Weather Service office Coverage areas...



So if you are to look at central MN, including the metro, in the first image, it shows that it has been 207 days since the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen has issued a tornado watch for any portion of the area. The second image shows that it has been the same amount of time since a tornado warning was issued. Many areas of the south have had a far shorter amount of time pass since their last tornado watch/warning because they have a much longer severe weather season. Contrast that with parts of the Pacific Northwest, like the coast of California for example, and you are looking at over a decade since a watch or warning has been issued.

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