Last Updated: July 28, 2016 We’ve all heard of the lull before the storm, right? Well, right now weather experts are busy talking about the tornado lull we are experiencing nationwide. Experts everywhere are asking, is this the lull before the storm?
Some facts about weather:
So far this month, there have been no tornadoes reported in the U.S. According to Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Forbes, this is only the second time this has happened since 1950.
From January through March 12, only 27 tornadoes had been documented across the nation, although the average for March alone is 78, according to statistics from The Weather Channel. By this time of the year, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma would have issued 52 tornado watches nationwide. This year the total is four.
“We are in uncharted territory with respect to lack of severe weather,” said Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Norman Storm Prediction Center. “This has never happened in the record of [Storm Prediction Center] watches dating back to 1970.”
The cause:what’s causing the lull?
Why the lack of tornadoes? The jet stream from the Northwest is responsible, with the winter wind and cold across much of the country making things too stable for tornadoes and causing the historic lows.
“We’re in a persistent pattern that suppresses severe weather, and the right ingredients — moisture, instability and lift — (have yet to come together),” Carbin said.
What to do:prepare early!
So what to do during the lull before the storm? Get prepared. Because even in years where the tornado counts are low, violent tornadoes still occur. The year 2013 is a perfect example. Although the number of tornadoes nationwide was roughly 30 percent below normal that year, they included some of the strongest tornadoes on record. The May 2013 twisters in Moore and El Reno, Okla., were devastating.
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