The start of this year has been fairly cold and that has led to a bit less severe weather across the United States. The U.S. is way below average for the number of tornadoes so far this year, especially in the month of March. Averages will be mentioned in the rest of this posting and those averages include the years 1991 to 2010. On average the U.S. sees 35 tornadoes in the month of January, 29 tornadoes in February, and 80 in the month of March. So far this year the U.S. has had 4 tornadoes in January, 41 in February, and only 10 in March. So far this year there should have been 144 tornadoes in the last three months but there have only been 55.
An interesting bit of information: Dixie Alley, located in the southern Gulf States, is usually the hot spot for severe weather during the early spring. They tend to have the majority of severe weather events including tornadoes. For the month of March TX, OK, LA, AR, MS, AL, GA, and FL usually see a total of 47 tornadoes; so far this year those states have only seen 2 tornadoes (2 in FL on3/6 & 3/29). While the west coast is seeing more tornadoes, with 4 reported in California and 1 in Arizona for the month of March.
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