Fewest Issued May Watches Since 1992 (6/1/2009)

By: Robb Lawson

 

May 2009 will go down in the books as a relatively inactive period with respect to NWS/SPC Watch issuances. Normally, May is one of the most active months for Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watch issuances with an average of 138 total watches issued since 1970. May 2009 had only 100 watches issued, or around 70% of a normal May. This is the fewest numbers of Watches issued since 1992.

 


 


May

Number of
Watches

2009 100
2008 164
2007 112
2006 158
2005 145
2004 226
2003 261
2002 173
2001 160
2000 172
1999 157
1998 219
1997 150
1996 235
1995 241
1994 136
1993 132
1992 92
1991 208
1990 175
1989 219
1988 97
1987 98
1986 97
1985 109
1984 81
1983 117
1982 121
1981 74
1980 96
1979 44
1978 99
1977 90
1976 68
1975 126
1974 102
1973 118
1972 68
1971 127
1970 113

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