A quiet year for tornadoes in Kansas

7/16/2014

By Stan Finger

By Stan Finger

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) — It's been a sleepy season for tornadoes in Kansas.

Through the end of June, preliminary numbers indicate 2014 is among the quietest years for tornadoes in the Sunflower State in almost a quarter-century. There have been 33 tornadoes in Kansas so far this year, fewer than any year since 1990 except for 1994's 30.

There have been only 7 tornadoes in the 26 counties of southeast Kansas that are under the warning jurisdiction of the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

"The sheer number of storms just haven't been developing" in Kansas or the Great Plains as a whole, said Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the local branch of the weather service.

Forecasters don't expect the tornado numbers to jump anytime soon. Now that July is here, the temperature contrasts in colliding air masses won't be found in Kansas or much of the Great Plains.

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