Please keep the entire 4 state area (SE KS, SW MO, NE OK, and NW AR) in your prayers. Some deadly tornadoes hit last night and as of now there around 15 confirmed fatalities and numerous injuries. My soon to be ex's cousin lost his house in one of the twisters. The town of Picher, OK was pretty much wiped out by the twister.
There certainly have been a lot of them this year. I know that out here in the Northwest we have had one of the coolest springs in years. This cool weather comes into contact with the hot weather in the Midwest and things happen. The good news is we expect our temperatures to increase this weekend, which should help in reducing the generation of new tornadoes.
Hmm. Hot air from one Washington, cold air from the other...no wonder we've had such a wild spring!
Actually, for a storm system to build up real power, there has to be not only the cold/dry air mass meeting the warm/moist air mass, but also a big flat place for them to roll over. Otherwise, the system usually peters out, as folks on the "rain shadow" side of the Rockies or the Appalachians often discover when a front is headed their way. (Storm fronts usually move southwest-to-northeast, north of the equator.) Or it can stall and spend all its power in one place, like it did in Washington earlier this year. Not that there can't be nasty surprises, as Virginia discovered recently; but because of our geographical location and our topographical makeup, the Midwest and the Great Plains can pretty much bank on our weather being severe during the spring and early summer, and sometimes in autumn, too!
I would like to add all the states with severe weather. Hurricane threats, tornadoes, wildfire, earthquakes. Our entire country is having a lot of severe activity and this has been going on for at least a year.