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Weather service expects more storms in 2012


Was the recent weather seen on the South Plains just a taste of what's ahead? Last year, Lubbock saw virtually no severe weather.

Meteorologists have the technology to see severe weather approaching weeks in advance. However, experts at the National Weather Service say it's difficult to predict the amount of activity a season will see, like tornados, high winds and hail.

Andrew Pritchett is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. He told us spring is prime time for severe weather in West Texas. May and June are typically when the area see's the most tornado activity. The Lubbock area was hit hard with severe weather in years past like 2005, 2009 and 2007, but last year was dry and uneventful.

"There's a greater chance we'll see an above normal spring, than a below normal spring. It's possible we could have a very active year, certainly more active than last year, which was virtually no severe weather season," Pritchett said.

Pritchett urged the importance of being prepared for disaster, especially since we are located in the southwest corner of tornado alley.

"The best advice I can give anybody is to just have a plan in place. Know that the spring time months are typically when we're going to get severe weather," Pritchett said.

Just because the experts are predicting more severe weather this spring, doesn't necessarily mean the area will get more rain. The NOAA 30-day outlook shows average amounts of rainfall for this time of year.

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