Severe weather season off to a slow start but it's picking up steam

Severe weather season off to a slow start but it's picking up steam

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Severe weather season is off to a slow start across the country, but it can pick up in a hurry as it has the first two days of May.

As of May 1, there have been 288 tornadoes across the country. That is nearly half the average of 502 through May 1.

May is a month that often has the most tornadoes across the country.

Severe weather season can pick up in a hurry during the month of May. Past history shows that a slow start to the season does not necessarily mean a tornado drought will continue long term. 2013 started off with even fewer tornadoes than 2018, then the severe weather season finally erupted by mid-May, leading to a very active although late season.

Oklahoma is the heart of tornado alley. The state just saw its first tornado May 2. That is the latest day of the year for a first tornado in Oklahoma since records started being kept in 1950.

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