Everything is going right for the state of Minnesota these days. The Twins are leading their division and are solid contenders for a World Series run. Brett Farve is back at camp and the Vikings are arguably one of the preseason front runners for a Super Bowl birth. The Minnesota Wild land a three time Stanley Cup winner to solidify their roster for the upcoming NHL season.
Shoot, Minnesota is even leading in a weather category they aren't necessarily known for and probably don't care to be. . .tornadoes. The Land of a Thousand Lakes leads the country in tornadoes so far this year with 123 reported. Texas is lagging in second with 87, with 12 of those associated with Hurricane Alex.
If you've been watching our weathercasts this Spring we've repreatedly noted how in late May and early June, typically a time when tornadoes become more prolific here in Nebraska, the storm track and most of the energy associated with tornado formation,skipped northward into the Dakotas and Minnesota with widespread outbreaks. .
A couple of things may have been at play here. One, an unusually cool lead-in to tornado season from the Gulf into the Central Plains. A more stable atmosphere in the early weeks of tornado season kept the numbers down. Two, a transition from an El Nino pattern kept the jet stream more active to the north of Nebraska, with most of the energy which gets storms to spin shunted into the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The tornado numbers are up in North and South Dakota as well, with devastating tornadoes even realized in Montana. The 123 in Minnesota is unusual given their yearly average is only 19. The numbers are preliminary and tend to get revised upon further analysis at the end of the year. But for Minnesotans, the tea leaves seem to be aligning in all areas. We'll see if the weather and sports worlds correlate. Viking and Twins fans hope so.