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Oklahoma Breaks Record For Latest Tornado

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       This is a remarkable year for the number of tornadoes in Oklahoma. So far there have been exactly zero -- and that's a record.  Oklahoma has never had its first tornado of the year later than April 26 -- until now.
    Friday is April 27, and Oklahoma's state climatologist notes that there have been no tornadoes in Oklahoma since the start of the year. The previous latest date for an Oklahoma tornado was 1962, based on records that date back to 1950.
    Oklahoma Climatologist Gary McManus says low temperatures and drought are the primary reasons for the lack of tornadoes. But he notes twisters have struck along the state's borders with both Arkansas and Texas.
    The weather, though, could become severe soon. The Storm Prediction Center outlook shows severe weather may develop early next week. McManus says there's nothing yet to indicate the weather will produce tornadoes. But he says the forecast "does perk your ears up a little bit."
    Historically, Oklahoma has been among the nation's leaders for the number of tornadoes.


 

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