Severe weather season off to a slow start in Kansas

Photo coutesy: Zack Hampton, Larned
Photo coutesy: Zack Hampton, Larned

WICHITA, Kansas – The National Weather Service is reporting that Kansas is off to the third slowest start to severe weather season since 1990.

The NWS reports says it is due to mostly cooler than normal weather.

From January 1st through through the last day of astronomical winter (March 19th) the weather service forecast offices across the state have only received two severe weather reports

Severe weather reports consist of any of the following criteria: Hail at least one inch in diameter, thunderstorm winds 58 mph or greater,or a tornado.

March 19, 2014 is tied with 1999 and 1991 for the third slowest start to the Kansas severe weather season since 1990.

The slowest starts were 1997 and 2005 with zero severe weather reports and the most reports of 129 were received in 2006.

On average, nearly 34 severe weather reports are received across the sunflower state from January through March 19th.

If Kansas receives no additional severe weather reports through the end of March, January through March 2014 will go down as the fewest number of severe weather reports since 1990.

The most was 2012 with 200.

On average, about 57 severe weather reports are received across the state from January through March.

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