published Monday, April 8th, 2013

Tornado season about to roar after slow start

Storms predicted this week

After a remarkably quiet start to the severe weather season in the U.S. — which included the fewest number of tornadoes in March in several decades — signs are pointing to a more active pattern for April. This includes the possibility of an outbreak this week in the central U.S.

This week’s severe weather outbreak “is likely to be the worst of the season so far,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski says, with the greatest threat Tuesday in the central and southern Plains, and Wednesday in the mid- to lower Mississippi Valley.

An online report from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Okla., warns of “a setup favorable for potentially significant and widespread severe weather” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The center says that the cities of Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., are most at risk Tuesday, and that St. Louis and Memphis are at greatest risk for severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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