This past Sept. through March tied for quietest such period in terms of severe storms

  • The September 2009 to March 2010 period ended with only seven severe weather reports. This was tied for the lowest number of severe weather events in any September through March period since the modernized NWS Paducah office opened in 1995. There were also seven severe weather events from September, 1997 to March, 1998. The busiest Sept.-March period was 2007-08, when 200 events were logged. This was due mainly to a tornado outbreak in the fall of 2007.

A very persistent northwest flow pattern was the norm last fall and winter, bringing below normal temperatures. This pattern contributed to a very quiet fall and winter, at least in terms of severe weather reports. 

By no means does the recent lack of activity imply a quiet spring/summer severe weather season. What has happened in the past following a quiet fall/winter severe weather season? There are two other cool seasons since 1995 with similarly low activity...

  • From Sept. 1997-March 1998, there were seven severe weather events. In the following several months (April-August), 288 events were logged.
  • From Sept. 2003-March 2004, there were sixteen events. In the following several months (April through August), 334 events were logged.

The annual average (January through December) number of severe weather events for our 58-county area since 1995 is 345. A severe weather event is either a large hail, damaging wind, or  tornado event.





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