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. tttnette

    I heard that the east is having 80 degree weather. I predict that this is the prototypical Calm Before The Storm.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    PrjMgr: what the heck are you talking about? who is saying this is negative or harping in any way? people who don't like storms would consider this positive news. seemed to me like everything presented here is simply factual information

    April 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Renee

    I think lately, we've seen the huge effect on our lives when mother nature acts up! Climatic consequences can be great immediately, or seen over time.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. We Stole Them... Sorry

    The spring storms aren't missing, they're just vacationing in California this year.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Sounds like yet another sad attempt at making an argument for global warming...

    April 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lara

    Well, PrjMgr, given that the last time we got off to a slow start, we came close to losing New Orleans altogether, there's something OMINOUS about it being so quiet. Hopefully Mother Nature IS just "being a slacker," but past track records show it's even more likely she's cooking up something special for us.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    How true PrjMgr.... I have to admit though, I do like a good spring storm. Not the damaging type however

    April 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    I don't think it's negative at all, but more so interesting since it's a deviation from the norm.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. haze

    Hilarious, Prj.

    A non-sensationalized report about 'Storm Season", and it is perceived to be sensationalized. If it had been about the most intense start in history, you would be making the same argument.

    I love the power and awe of storms,(I'm sure many others do as well). The amounts of energy released are amazing. They are a an example of how furious and chaotic our world can be. A thing of beauty in my mind that i always look forward to hearing about. Yes people die and buildings get destroyed, "sometimes". But that is the case with everything. So please, keep reporting on severe weather all you sensationalists out there!

    Don't be so negative...

    April 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MitchellJ

    Just a matter of time until this is blamed on "Global Warming". Too many storms... it's because of global warming, too few... well that's because of global warming. So who's first?

    April 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steven

    I have been starting to wonder myself what's going on. I love photographing severe weather here in North Texas, but so far this Spring there has been nothing substantial. The storm sirens did go off once... for a test.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dornay

    The author of this article is pointing out a similarity to weather conditions in the past....maybe so the slackers can be prepared to take care of themselves rather than wait on the government. And just maybe, you just don't understand the reason that spring storms are important. After a long winter with heavy snow loads, the spring storms with their strong winds move through the forests and "clean" the trees of their dead wood. The rains that accompany the storms are what is responsible for starting the new cycle of life – the green plants and spring blossoms. So it really is important that these 'negative' spring storms come as they should have.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Porchiaknows

    Well, why don't you all just jinx us while you are at it? So, the storms are slow to come, Mother Nature will wreck havoc when she is ready.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. J

    I live in New england ans we had over 20 inces of rain. I know where the storms went.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pres128

    We're humans and we analyze, study, trend, and quantify EVERYTHING. We even analyze how much we analyze everything.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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