By: NWS Wichita
Where are the Tornadoes?
Despite one of the most active starts to tornado
season nationwide since 1954, Kansas is experiencing not only a rainfall
drought, but a tornado drought as well. Only eight tornadoes have
been reported across Kansas thus far in 2011: two in February and six in
April. The majority of 2011 tornadoes across the Nation occurred
during the month of April, and especially the last week of April across the
southern and southeast USA; click HERE
for a detailed graph courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
May into June is climatologically the most active
period tornado-wise across the central and southern plains. However, so far
there has been ZERO tornadoes reported
this May in Kansas with this streak likely to continue through at least May
17th. The last time this happened was 1984.
Since 1980, May 1st-17th typically boasts about 15 tornadoes across
Kansas. Also since 1980, there has never been a May in Kansas that
has been completely tornado-free, although 1994 and 1984 were close with
only 2 reported each May. Since 1980, the month of May typically
boasts about 30 tornadoes across the state.
The number of twisters reported across Kansas since 1950 (over 3,500) surpasses all other states except Texas (nearly 7,800).
Below are some graphs comparing Kansas tornado counts since 1980.