OKLAHOMA – The toll of tornadoes from last year still hangs with us each and every day.
But there’s no doubt so far this year we’ve gotten a break.
Matt Hibbard from Straight Line Shelters said they’re still busy but things have calmed down.
Hibbard said, “We do about 5 to 10 a week. Things are slowing down. It’s been a slow and quiet season for storms this year which is a blessing.”
Oklahoma may have a record low this year when it comes to tornadoes.
Right now, 17 twisters in 1988 holds the minimum record.
KFOR Chief Meterologist Mike Morgan said, “So far the number of tornadoes is under 10 and could be as low as 7. Storm season is winding down. It’s typically March 15th to June 15th. We have a secondary season in September, October and November so we’ll likely have more tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2014, but we are at the chance of perhaps setting a new all time annual record low for our state.”
Morgan said it’s a quiet year for many reasons.
“We had a very cold winter below normal we all know that and the cold lasted into March. Then here came the intensifying drought and that heat helped shut down those storms right during the peak time of year.”
But Morgan reminded us that in Oklahoma, never say never.
“Never let your guard down we are in tornado alley and I doubt that will ever change.”