While there continues to be wailing about how climate change is supposedly making the weather more extreme, Greg Carbin, the man in charge at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) sends along this graph and says:
Likely the slowest start to tornado activity in any year in modern record, and possibly nearly a century!
And he has the numbers to show why:
2014, with the zero to twenty bin on the far left, can’t really go any lower.
Also of interest, we seem to be in a strong tornado drought. At 152 days on April 18, 2014, the span between EF-3 or stronger tornadoes is the 4th longest span between in the last 60 years. Here’s is a plot of the 10 longest spans between EF-3 and stronger tornadoes since 1953. (Click for full resolution image.)