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Tornadoes, flooding were big in May

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-04 10:13:12-04

Remember a few months ago when everyone was wondering when and if the severe thunderstorm season was going to ever begin?

Probably not.

The month of May was a pretty loud reminder Spring is for thunderstorms capable of strong winds, large hail and even tornadoes — lots of them.

That held especially true for states in the Southern Plains like Texas and Oklahoma.

In addition to the flooding across Texas that made so many headlines, parts of Texas and Oklahoma saw a dozen or more Tornado watches.

Texas may see more tornadoes than any other state, but that's still a lot more activity than they're used to seeing in May.

The severe weather season saw a big uptick during the month of May across the entire country. The tornado count went from being one of the lowest on record at the end of March to the busiest season in the past three years.

Keep in mind this is just the beginning of June, and it's this middle of the year mark that has the highest chance for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes.

Since this month began, the severe weather threat has moved north into Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Colorado, and Nebraska. As the month wears on, we'll likely see the tornado threat moving elsewhere around the country as well.