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Fewer Than Normal Tornadoes So Far in 2013


TEXOMA -- So far for the KTEN viewing area no tornadoes have been reported in 2013 and only one tornado was reported in 2012.

Now keep in mind, we may have had tornado warnings during that time but only about 30 to 40% of all tornado warnings result in a confirmed tornado. Nonetheless, it has been well over a year since a significant tornado has impacted Texoma.

However 2011 was a different story, with 27 total tornadoes throughout Texoma; including 7 in the Atoka county, 7 in Pushmataha county, and 5 in Pontotoc county.

But from May 2012 to April of 2013, the whole United States has hit a record low for number of tornadoes since 1954.  

Dr. Harold Brooks is a research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms laboratory in Oklahoma. He published an image of the number of tornadoes in the U.S. over twelve month periods. The U.S. Has hit both the record low and record high within just the last three years.

The recent lack of severe weather over the last few weeks can most likely be attributed to the below average temperatures we have had so far this spring not only over Texoma but most of the central United states.

There have been several periods of years with lack of tornadoes in Texoma including a 9 year period in Pontotoc county from 2002 to 2010. Grayson county has not seen a tornado since 2008.

However just because there is a lull in activity now is no reason to let your guard down the rest of this season.

It only takes one tornado to make it a bad year.