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After such a long winter, many in southwest Missouri are anxiously awaiting Spring temperatures. However, this spring may not be as sunny as some are expecting. KSMU’s Royal Yates tells us why.
This spring brings with it some bad signs that could mean one of the worst storm seasons Missouri has seen yet.
Dr. Tony Lupo is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri.
“When we look at the potential for severe weather this season, we are comparing to the past years that have been similar to the winter and spring developing now. When we look at Missouri history, years like this tend to have a little bit more severe weather action,” Lupo said.
Lupo says that the upcoming weather pattern is very similar to the pattern we saw in 2003. That year was the worst storm season on record when as many as 109 tornadoes were seen in Missouri.
Lupo says this shouldn’t be a huge tornado season – just storms in general. He also advises the public not to blame this season on trends in the climate.
Lupo says, “If we do experience an above normal year, it’s probably not due to climate change, it’s just due to natural variation.”
This winter was the 13th coldest in the Midwest since the 1800s.
For KSMU News, I’m Royal Yates.