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Will this be a big year for Tornadoes? 

THUNDERSTORM: The wall cloud which produced the June, 1998 OKC tornadoes passes over Lake Hefner. Archive photo by Paul Hellstern.
THUNDERSTORM: The wall cloud which produced the June, 1998 OKC tornadoes passes over Lake Hefner. Archive photo by Paul Hellstern.

It's early yet, but Oklahoma's tornado season is off to a slow start. Over the last 30 years the average "first tornado" of the season has come on March 11. We're now more than a month past that date. And what's more, the last time we went this deep into the season without a twister was way back in 1962. From the Washington Post: 

Across much of the Lower 48, winter just won’t quit. It’s about to be May, but temperatures are running as much as 20 degrees below normal, snow is still falling and plants are slow to come out of their wintertime slumber. The continued onslaught of wintry weather has kept spring things at bay — things like tornadoes.

It has been so quiet, Oklahoma is about to set a record for the latest first tornado of the year.

On average, about 12 tornadoes form in Oklahoma during April. It’s typically the state with the third most tornadoes annually, as well as home to some of the highest tornado odds per square mile. The longest Oklahoma has gone without a tornado was until April 26 in 1962. Since we’re not expecting severe thunderstorms in the Central United States anytime soon, this streak is all but certain to set a record.

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Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony (7) goes to the basket beside Utah's Rudy Gobert (27) and Derrick Favors (15) as Steven Adams (12) watches during Game 5 of the first round NBA playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Utah won 102-95. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony (7) goes to the basket beside Utah's Rudy Gobert (27) and Derrick Favors (15) as Steven Adams (12) watches during Game 5 of the first round NBA playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Utah won 102-95. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman


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THUNDERSTORM: The wall cloud which produced the June, 1998 OKC tornadoes passes over Lake Hefner. Archive photo by Paul Hellstern.

THUNDERSTORM: The wall cloud which produced the June, 1998 OKC tornadoes passes over Lake Hefner. Archive photo by Paul Hellstern.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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