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    Spring Severe Storm Season 2014 Will be Similar to 2013: Slow Start Then Spike

    By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    March 17, 2014, 1:09:45 AM EDT

    The total count of tornadoes nationwide at the end of this year is challenging to predict, but some similarities to last year's severe weather season are likely in 2014.

    The 2014 severe weather season is likely to continue on a slow start. So far in 2014, 49 is the preliminary tornado count.

    Thunderstorm-suppressing chill is forecast to linger longer than average this spring, but warmth will arrive and lead to more storms during mid-season.

    Severe weather is forecast to spike during May and June, according to AccuWeather Severe Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski.

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    "A slow start to the season may not necessarily mean the season will finish below average," Kottlowski said. "Conversely, a large amount of severe weather in the heart of the season may not mean the season will finish above average."

    However, a low number of tornadoes during the first part of the season in 2013 played a major role in overall numbers at the end of the year.


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    The preliminary count of tornadoes for the 2013 season was below 1,000, which was lower than the eight-year average of annual tornadoes from 2005 through 2012 of 1,478.


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    Despite low numbers overall, there were multiple devastating tornadoes that touched down and leveled towns. Moore, Okla., is still rebuilding after a destructive EF5 tornado struck on May 20, 2013.

    Content contributed by AccuWeather Meteorologist Meghan Evans.

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