Severe Weather Awareness: What to Expect This Season


Spring has had a cold and wintry start. Many might wonder, as we head into severe weather season, if this means fewer severe storms and a later start to the season.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Hastings said that the cold temperatures as the season kicks off will have little effect on the severe weather season. Once the conditions warm up into spring and summer, severe weather won't be far behind and a mild peak to the season is not in the forecast.

Mike Moritz, the warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS in Hastings, said "June is our top tornado month so even though maybe we had a cool start to April, it doesn't mean we can't ramp up in a hurry for severe weather around here."

Last year Nebraska saw a milder season than usual.

Normally the state can expect to see about 57 tornados. Last season Nebraska only reached into the mid-40's, about 10 fewer than average.

This season meteorologists expect a departure from last year's mild pattern.

Conditions as of late have been rather active, with a weather pattern producing more frequent snow and rain chances. Meteorologists expect this pattern to continue into the spring and summer.

"I think people should anticipate a more active year than last year," Moritz said. "While I'm not saying we're going to get out of the drought we should have a more active weather pattern this season."

This is good news for farmer and ranchers who have suffered in the past year's dry season, but this also means that Nebraskan's need to be aware of the severe weather that will come with the increased rain chances.

Of the more active pattern, Moritz said "eventually that's gonna mean increased chances for severe weather."

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