FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It was a very active and deadly start to the 2020 tornado season.
Multiple twisters destroyed the Nashville area killing more than two dozen people in March.
April brought an above average month of over 200 confirmed tornadoes.
Of those tornadoes, about 140 occurred during the outbreak of April 12-13 across ten states.
The Easter Sunday outbreak spawned three EF-4 tornadoes including one in Mississippi that carved out a 68-mile path.
Thankfully, the tornado activity in May and June were pretty quiet across the Plains.
Tornado Alley just had one of its slowest seasons on record.
CONUS-wide tornado activity is back down to record lows!
Tornado activity has been below normal since the end of April. The map of year-to-date anomalies highlights the several outbreaks in the Southeast earlier this spring, and the complete dearth of tornadoes in the Plains. pic.twitter.com/H774bZtALB
— Sam Lillo (@splillo) June 27, 2020
According to the Storm Prediction Center, SPC, 140 tornadoes occurred in May across the United States which is well below the average of 276.
That number is the fewest in nearly 50 years.
The month’s two strongest tornadoes, an EF2 or greater, were the fewest in recorded history.
According to the SPC, there were 108 tornado reports in June which is well below average.
This is the fewest in June since 2016.
Typically a tornadic supercell will need a moisture rich environment (usually from the Gulf of Mexico), and that source has been shut off by recurrent domes of high pressure.
At the end of the day, high pressure leads to unfavorable tornadic conditions.
Despite a very active April, 2020 has been historically quiet.