Weather officials in Kansas are worried that the state’s lack of tornados last year will make citizens complacent going into tornado season this spring.
The Wichita Eagle reports that officials are urging residents to not have a false sense of security since the state saw only 40 tornados last year. Kansas has averaged 100 tornados a year for the last decade and 80 tornados per year over the last 30 years.
AccuWeather vice president Mike Smith said at a storm chaser convention in Denver that he sees troubling similarities between this winter’s weather and 2011, which produced an outbreak of tornados in the Deep South, including the one that hit Joplin, Mo.
Nationwide, the number of tornados dropped 30 percent last year from 1,253 to 888, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.