Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Not one tornado in March in the Southeast

For the first time since official records began in 1950, not a single tornado was reported in the Southeast in the month of March.  In fact, there was very little severe weather across the entire region until the last day of the month, when strong winds and hail hit several areas in the region.

You can read a story about this at http://wabe.org/post/georgia-enjoys-rare-march-without-tornadoes.  In the story, Jordan McLeod, a climatologist at the Southeast Regional Climate Center, notes that the same weather pattern that has caused California’s continuing drought and the Eastern US’s cold winter has contributed to a lack of suitable conditions for the development of tornadic thunderstorms.  However, in previous years with low numbers of tornadoes in March, numbers have rebounded somewhat later in the severe weather season, so this is not necessarily a sign of a quiet tornado season.