Latest on our quiet start to the severe weather season and what it means (or doesn't)

Through the first week of June, the 2010 spring severe weather season remained much quieter than usual in the 58 counties covered by the National Weather Service office in Paducah.

  • The total number of severe weather events for the year-to-date (through June 7) is 61.  The event count from May 1-June 7 is based on preliminary storm reports.
  • This is the second lowest year-to-date total since 1995, when the current Paducah NWS office was opened.   
  • The lowest Jan. 1 to June 7 total was 57 in 2001. The 2006 total from Jan. 1-Jun. 7 is the highest, at 494.

What if anything does this portend for the rest of the year? No conclusions can be drawn about the rest of the severe weather season. In fact, the year 2001 turned out to be a rather active severe weather year despite its slow start. The total number of severe weather events in 2001 was 276. This is not too far below the 15-year average of 330.

The year 2001 ended with an active summer and fall severe weather season, including a supercell thunderstorm in August, widespread damaging winds on October 24, and a significant tornado in late November.

 Annual totals through June 7 for each of the past 15 years:

  • 1995... 207 
  • 1996... 203
  • 1997... 105
  • 1998... 169
  • 1999... 288
  • 2000... 159
  • 2001... 57 
  • 2002... 257 
  • 2003... 292 
  • 2004... 230 
  • 2005... 135
  • 2006... 494 
  • 2007... 157 
  • 2008... 171
  • 2009... 130
  • 2010... 61 (preliminary)

A running count of severe weather events is always updated monthly at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/?n=severestats.

 



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