Gary Bandy: “We have seen a relatively mild storm season – but it’s not over yet”

(JOPLIN, Mo.) With a round of loud, bright, and even tornadic storms having made their way through the area late last night as evidence, local weather man Gary Bandy says…

(JOPLIN, Mo.) With a round of loud, bright, and even tornadic storms having made their way through the area late last night as evidence, local weather man Gary Bandy says “it’s not over yet.”

Bandy, who’s been serving the area on KSN for over a decade, said severe weather this late in may, “is definitely normal, at least as of the past decade or so.”

Bandy says, “We’re still, effectively, in severe weather season around here until at least the actual start of summer (June 21).” He says, “we start to see the tornadic threat lessen some by late June but the hail/wind threat increases some.”

Bandy says in the past decade, he has seen the power of storms increase.

“With May 4th 2003 and May 8th 2008 being the two biggest severe weather events in this area’s recorded history, I would certainly say that our storms are, indeed, getting more ‘vicious,’” Bandy said.

“Fortunately for us, we have (so far) seen a relatively mild storm season… but it’s not over yet.” He continued, “I think we’ve become a bit complacent lately because most of the real severe weather has missed us, so far,” Bandy said.

However, Bandy said, “I also might mention that people who lost property in the Monett area three weeks ago or so when that early morning tornado hit do not feel nearly as fortunate as the rest of us.”

As far as last night goes, most reports are suggesting very mild damage in the Joplin area. Some reports are emerging of fallen limbs and power outages, but nothing substantial.

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