The Morning Brew: Oklahoma breaks tornado streak; Thunder stay alive
Will this be a big year for Tornadoes?
It's early yet, but Oklahoma's tornado season is off to a slow start. Over the last 30 years the average "first tornado" of the season has come on March 11. We're now more than a month past that date. And what's more, the last time we went this deep into the season without a twister was way back in 1962. From the Washington Post:
Across much of the Lower 48, winter just won’t quit. It’s about to be May, but temperatures are running as much as 20 degrees below normal, snow is still falling and plants are slow to come out of their wintertime slumber. The continued onslaught of wintry weather has kept spring things at bay — things like tornadoes.
It has been so quiet, Oklahoma is about to set a record for the latest first tornado of the year.
On average, about 12 tornadoes form in Oklahoma during April. It’s typically the state with the third most tornadoes annually, as well as home to some of the highest tornado odds per square mile. The longest Oklahoma has gone without a tornado was until April 26 in 1962. Since we’re not expecting severe thunderstorms in the Central United States anytime soon, this streak is all but certain to set a record.