Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local weather expert says a quiet start to the traditional tornado season does not guarantee things will continue that way.

That’s the warning from Wes Browning, meteorologist-in-charge for the St. Louis office of the National Weather Service.

He does point out that it’s been an extremely inactive storm season to this point.

“In fact, up through April 21, we are at the lowest numbers of EF1 or higher-ranked in the past 62 years,” he says.

Only 20 have been reported nationwide in 2014.

Compare that to Spring 2011, when 465 tornadoes had been recorded as of this datethe highest ever.

Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of the Good Friday storms, when a total of five tornadoes touched down, including an EF4 supercell that tore through St. Louis and Madison Counties.

Browning says it’s important to take a few minutes to discuss a plan with your family so that you’re prepared when you hear the sirens or warnings on the radio.

He says preparation is the key because unlike heavy snow or thunderstorms, there’s still no way to provide a long-range forecast for tornadoes.

“They usually aren’t very predictable beyond about 48 hours,” he says.

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