April 20th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Spring storm season off to slowest-ever start

The 2010 spring severe weather season is off to its slowest start on record, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

The agency, which is responsible for issuing forecasts for severe storms, releases daily forecasts that predict the level of severe weather and assigns it to three categories - slight, moderate and high.

Typically, severe storms occur most often in the United States during the months of April, May and June.

"It looks like we've gone the deepest into a year without our first MDT (moderate) or high risk," said Rich Thompson, a forecaster at the prediction center. "The previous latest date was March 21, 2005, so we're almost a month past that date."

The 2005 severe weather season got off to a slow start as well, but turned out to be a record-breaking year for severe weather and tornadoes.

Most of the tornadoes that occurred that year were associated with tropical storms and hurricanes that made landfall. The 2005 hurricane season was the worst on record, with 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes and seven major hurricanes –Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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  1. PrjMgr

    "Spring storm season off to slowest-ever start"

    How desparate are we for negative news that we have to go so low as to harp on mother nature for being a slacker? Is every year supposed to exactly "average" or better?

    April 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tfarhall

    We arent looking for bad storms we are looking for rain.

    Here in louisiana, we have farmland... farmers plant crops.... crops need rain..

    no crops mean you dont eat.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    The climate is not a stable constant...that's a fact...only the neo-cons believe in this sort of predictable fairy tale land

    April 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    I am ready for a little lightning and major storm formation, not tornadoes perse, but a little excitement. Storms are the spice and a part of life.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NiveK

    hey look, we all have our jobs to do, mother nature isn't doing her share this year, so i think she should get a lil bad press 😉

    April 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Untamed

    The warmist alarmists are getting desperate now that for the umpteenth time their dire predictions have not come true. Of course, now they have started blaming Anthropogenic
    Global Warming for Iceland's volcano eruptions.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tedo

    Maybe Global warming does have it's benifits

    April 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rational Thinker

    TO PrjMgr:

    The point is not "harp" on Mother Nature, but to point out the fact that this kind of weather pattern is very unusual and we should pay attention to the situation.

    And, yes overall every year shouls be expected to be "average" compared with the several years before it. When we see that it is not, it is a major cause for concern and research is needed to determine what had an effect on changing the weather pattern.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bring Them On

    Except for those of us who make a living via strong storms!

    April 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeremy

    The last thing we need are more destructive spring storms. Personally, I'm glad we've not had any.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael Wedgeworth

    The article appeared to touch on the decrease of severe weather activity, that typically correlates with the much needed rain of many areas of the US. The impact rain, wind and etc. associated with storm activity is vital to various components of the environment. I for one hope the activity increases and brings the rain and etc. that nourishes the environment.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ArkieChic

    I was very interested in this story. I'm an insurance claims adjuster and usually by this time of year we've had two or three severe storms. I was asking myself the other day what was going on. Now I see this has happened before and it ended badly. That is something some of us need to know. But the title pretty well said it all. If you weren't interested PrjMgr, why did you read it then take time out of your day to be negative yourself?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CBF

    So, does this mean more signs that there is no significant global warming?
    Storms thrive on the hot & cold .....so far, more cold than hot!

    April 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anthony danza

    Weather control machnie is online from the Artic. Since going online we have seen a decline in hurricanes and now severe spring storms.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tigerfan

    I agree, why is it that news organizations almost seem to cheer for bad weather and "complain" when we don't get all the bad weather that is forecast.

    Personally, being a gulf coast resident, I don't ever want to see a repeat of the 2005 weather season where it seemed like every week brought another hurricane into play.

    Just enjoy the nice weather and be thankful for not having the bad storms as in an average year.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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