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Slow start to the severe weather season

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When it comes to severe weather, this season is off to a unusually slow start here in Kentucky.

March, April, and May are typically the peak times for severe activity.

Instead, last week, many of us saw snow!

The 2014 severe weather season is off to a historically slow start, not only here in the Bluegrass but across the entire country.

But what is considered severe weather? Many confuse lightning as being a severe weather element. Yes, it is dangerous but it does not prompt any type of warning. Those factors are based on hail, wind, and tornadoes.

Just looking at severe weather reports for this decade alone there have been 232 reports of tornadoes in Kentucky from January-April. However, 2014 has only 2 reports.

Similar statistics show up for significant wind and large hail reports.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey says this was caused by much cooler conditions

"The jetstream has been much farther to the south. That allows much colder air to remain in Kentucky. This inhibits any severe weather development." Bailey said.

We have actually been in a severe weather drought since March 2nd 2012.

Following the severe weather outbreak of 2012 we saw dry and hot conditions. Limited moisture means little development for thunderstorms. Then in 2013 it was much cooler through the Spring.

There's still plenty of time to see severe weather as March-May are traditionally our peak months of activity.

“The pattern is about to get a little more active. Next week has potential for strong and severe storms beginning Monday and lasting through Wednesday,” Bailey said.

As always, the entire FirstAlert weather team will be monitoring the weather situation as the storms roll into Kentucky.


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