Browning Newsletter: Conditions Just Right for Tornado Season

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Season Started Quiet but May Not End That Way

We’ve seen a bit of a Goldilocks effect the past couple of seasons—in 2012, it was too hot for an active season, and in 2013 it was too cold. 2014 started with a cold spring, but now conditions are just right.

A quiet start to tornado season doesn’t necessarily mean it will end that way, according to noted climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss of the Browning Newsletter.    

“We’ve seen a bit of a Goldilocks effect the past couple of seasons—in 2012, it was too hot for an active season, and in 2013 it was too cold,” said Browning-Garriss. “2014 started with a cold spring, but now conditions are just right.”

Browning-Garriss noted that a warm Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico colliding with cooler weather create these “just right” conditions for tornados to form. The Browning Newsletter is long known for being one of the most accurate reports on climate in the world.

Tornado season begins in the south, said Browning-Garriss, and moves north as the season progresses. Because of this, winter tornadoes tend to be more southern and are seen further north later in the year.

“It’s possible that we’ll see less tornado activity because the season started so late, but it’s not an indicator that the season will produce less damaging storms,” said Browning-Garriss. “Particularly if people are caught off guard because they’re expecting a quieter season, more damage may be seen. It’s important to know that just because a season begins quietly doesn’t mean it will end that way.”

Last month, Browning-Garriss predicted that conditions forming in the Pacific could produce an El Nino this summer that could bring fall and winter drought relief to the Western United States, particularly in California.

Evelyn Browning-Garriss
Evelyn Browning-Garriss is a historical climatologist. She advises everyone from Texas cattle raisers to Midwestern utilities and Canadian banks about what the coming season will bring. She has spent more than 30 years as a business consultant, editor and author explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. Editor of the Browning Newsletter, Evelyn has authored or co-authored five books on the changing climate’s impact on water supplies, agriculture, business and terrorism.

For the past 20 years she has taught professional seminars, lectured and/or conducted international seminars across the United States, Europe and Asia.

Her audiences have been as diverse as the 5th Army Office of Civil Emergency Preparedness, Texas A&M University, the Cárilec organization of Latin American electrical utilities, and the American Feed Industry Association. She has consulted with the military, universities, municipal and provincial governments, public utilities and private businesses such as Credit Suisse, Transcanada Pipelines, Scotia Capital, Nomura and Mirae Assets. In addition to her work as editor of the Browning Newsletter, she provides daily briefings, consulting and contract research for businesses and investors. For more information please visit

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