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Slow tornado season this year


Storms beget rain. But in Kansas, they also have the potential to produce tornadoes.

Most years.

This year, however, that lack of rain also means a lack of tornadoes -- or severe storms for that matter.

May is the peak tornado month in Kansas.

Through May, Kansas was on track as the third slowest year for tornadoes in the January through May period.

There had been only 13 in that five-month period, only slightly ahead of the 12 in 1992 and eight in 1994, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita.

It's all well below the average of 56 in the same time period.

Four more have been added since then, according to the NWS Storm Prediction Center.

Two came Tuesday in the latest round of bad weather, one near Lakin and a second in Doniphan County.

Two others were recorded Sunday, near Courtland in Republic County and one near Bennington in Ottawa County.