Quiet Severe Weather Season.....So Far...

By: Andrew Switzer
By: Andrew Switzer

So far the 2009 severe weather season has been one of the most quiet severe weather seasons in history for Kansas and all of "tornado alley," an area that is normally pounded by numerous storm systems each spring.  Especially coming off an extremely active year in 2008 when Kansas saw a record 187 tornadoes, 2009 has been fairly quiet.  Of course severe weather and tornadoes can happen at any time, but we do consider the peak of "Severe Weather Season" to be from approximately April 15th to June 15th.  In the second half of June the Jet Stream generally retreats way off to the North, taking the needed energy for much severe weather with it.  Well, this year the Jet Stream has been way to our North (along the US/Canadian border) for much of the month of May.  The weather pattern has been more what you would expect to find in July or August, not May.  The result...a fairly in-active severe weather season......So Far....We know it can change quickly and it only takes one huge storm system to make this a severe weather season for the record books, but currently we are on track for a far below average season - as far as the numbers are concerned. 

However, the pattern does seem to be shifting a little over the next couple of weeks.  The jet stream that has been way off to our North for the past few weeks is shifting back to the South and we may have a few severe weather days in our future.

What are your thoughts?


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