COLUMBIA, MO (KMOX) – The 2013 tornado season is off to a rather calm beginning.
“There has been very little tornado activity,” University of Missouri meteorology professor Anthony Lupo said. “In fact, tornado activity is at a record low this year and that’s because the spring has been so cold.”
Lupo says there is still the potential for strong twisters through mid-June as temperatures rise.
He says he is sticking by his prediction that the traditional “Tornado Alley” has moved to the east and south this year due to the drought in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Columbia, Missouri is now on the western edge of the alley.
However, Lupo warns, patterns can change dramatically in the course of a couple years.
“There is no comparison of 2013 to 2011,” he said. “In 2011, we had a record number of tornadoes and 2012 was also relatively quiet in that it was a very warm spring.”