Slow Start to the Year
We are definitely off to a slow start this year, tornado-wise. The U.S. averages about 80 tornadoes in the month of March, with the March of 2014 only recording 25 tornadoes. In April, the U.S. averages around 155 tornadoes. So far this April, we’ve had 11 tornadoes. Granted, it’s early yet; and one large outbreak could put us at or above average. However, the latest run of the GFS at the time of this post persists in showing relatively calm weather across the continental United States.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that just because we are having a slow tornado year does not make the tornadoes we do have any less dangerous. 2013 really proved this point very well. 2013 was a slow tornado year, with 908 tornadoes (the average yearly amount of tornadoes being 1253.) But some of the tornadoes we did have last year we very destructive (Moore, Shawnee, El Reno, Carney, etc.)