2012: Fewest number of severe weather watches issued

The year will finish without any severe storms forecast during the next several days, so we offer this trivia tidbit regarding SPC watches. 

Did you know that 2012 will have the fewest number of tornado and severe thunderstorm watches issued by SPC since moving to Norman in 1997? Just 697 watches were issued this year (two numbers were inadvertently skipped which is why the last watch issued was #699). This breaks the previous record low (since SPC has been located in Norman) of 727 in 1999. 

The average number of watches per year for 1997-2012: 844. The greatest number of watches in a year during that time span: 983 in 2003.

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