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.

Post by:
Filed under: U.S. • Weather
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. e2004

    When weather pattern swings to the extreme, we should pay attention. Not panic, but be aware. Ignoring all signs of changes sure gives us good feeling, but I bet we won't be ready when disaster struck.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    All you "there's no such thing as climate change" people, take note...Our weather is getting stranger and stranger. I live in Georgia and it has been a bizarre weather year here.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dale

    The severe "spring storms" are primarily generated by the clash of cold air from the north and warm, moist air from the south – perhaps climate change has warmed up the northern air enough to lessen the storm-generating differential. But that can't be true because Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, et al have declared that climate change is bogus.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Juan

    come to Miami, it's been raining for 2 weeks straight.... these stories are always just trying to cause panic. Look at one area and ignore the other. ..

    April 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josh Wallentine

    All the storms have been replaced by quakes!

    April 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mother Nature

    The year maybe slow to start and hope it stays slow, but "it ain't over till the fat lady sings". It could still be bad, and if it's not, then we have hurricane season to look forward to. Hope it is a mild year all over. The volcano in iceland is enough for one year, let alone the earth quakes. Peace to alll !!!

    April 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PAL

    They are all in California. It is pouring down rain right now outside my window with thunder and lightning.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EMERGENCY MANAGER

    There has not been a normal weather pattern in several years.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    It's not desperation... it all averages out in the end. Just like getting no snow for a long time, you can bet you will get socked sooner or later.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TwM

    Didn't we just get clobbered by the worst winter in years?

    April 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick in Wisconsin

    I, for one, am worried about not having the big storms, or any storms at all, for that matter. Already areas of Wisconsin, and much of the mid-West, are seeing a real lack of rainfall. Most of the snow in our area was melted off by the beginning of March, almost a month ahead of what it normally does, and there has been little rainfall since. April used to be the month of showers, but in central Wisconsin, there has yet to be rain to fall this month. Not looking forward to another prolonged drought and water restrictions.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. conoclast

    Hooray PrjMgr! Mother Nature the slacker, indeed! But something tells me she'll be waking up-probably sooner than we'd like and we'll remember the day we "complained", hmm?

    April 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nor'easter

    I guess storms that cause massive flooding and Federal disaster areas in the Northeast don't count as "severe."

    April 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sherry

    I glad we haven't had any storms yet. My drainage is still messed up from Hurricane Ike and I really, really need the extra time. I now have my downspouts fixed, cleared and their pathway all headed to the street. Now for the patio. I need about two more weeks then it can rain.
    Sherry- Galveston County Texas

    April 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul Ronco

    Greenhouse gas emissions must be cut to 350 ppm or according to NASA the Earth is going to change into something different from what all life on the planet evolved on. We're at 390 ppm right now and adding about 2 ppm every year, so of course the Earth has already begun changing... and the changes will not be good, with estimates of 40% of the world's food supply in danger. Kudos to Bolivia for giving the US the finger and not signing on to the Copenhagen "accord." A real people's summit for climate change, the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, is taking place right now in Cochabamba, Bolivia. While it is nonbinding, it is designed to strengthen ties between countries and movements that are actually serious about climate change, unlike the United States, which is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, followed closely by China and India. Science gave us all of our new technology that we enjoy and take for granted practically every minute of every day, and these scientists can predict the chemical composition, mass, size and age of stars millions of light years away based on specs of light output, but a few corrupt news channels and special interest corporations can put out misinformation ridiculing these same scientists for their ability to predict weather changes based on simple gas emissions and we actually believe it.

    April 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5