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Weather Blog: Quiet Severe Weather Season Along Gulf

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 7:41 PM

Just a few funnel clouds this Spring reported by weather spotters along the gulf coast. This has been one of the quietest seasons  locally and nationally even after this weekends 60 tornadoes.  The update at  midnight Saturday brought the total to 55 tornadoes and 5 on Sunday. As of Sunday the annual total rose to 213 tornadoes across the country. The last three year average is 447 tornadoes so we've had just half of our average on a national level. The reason for such a mild season of severe weather may be the influence of El Nino forcing the Jet further South. Another impact of El Nino is the cooler than average gulf water temperatures which help fuel the super cells that generate tornadoes.

The next front will likely not be as severe with a weaker jet stream working with less moisture. A small likelihood of rain if any is likely in the state with the best chances between Austin and Houston Monday evening. The cool front keeps the current run of mild overnight readings through Thursday morning so keep the windows cranked up if you can.

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