Preliminary estimates show just 92 tornadoes have touched down so far this year making it the quietest start to a calendar year in history.
After a very busy 2010 and 2011 seasons, many thought that massive amount of tornadoes was the new normal.
But 2012 and 2013 were dismal years for the severe weather phenomena coming in well shy of average during both seasons.
The start to 2014 has been no different, but not all that surprising.
Our cool pattern has continued from much of last year.
With temperatures unable to warm and moisture stuck in the Gulf of Mexico, the atmosphere has been lacking the components need to form these violent storms.
But the latter part of April is when the heart of severe weather season typically begins with May the most dominant month for Tornadoes on average and June not far behind.
As for Minnesota, our peak tornado season is in June and July but tornadoes can and have occurred in nearly every month of the year.
We average 45 touchdowns in a years’ time remaining one of the most active states in the country.
A breakdown of how many tornadoes each state averages can be seen below.