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Spin doctors needed: Forecasting tornado season severity not quite possible yet, say experts
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Storm chasers are watching the Southeast as a nasty storm brews with the potential to spin off a batch of tornadoes.
Tornado season is just about here and forecasters believe twisters are possible Thursday and Friday. But in reality, it got an early and deadly start in late January when two people were killed by separate twisters in Alabama.
The season usually starts in March and then ramps up for the next couple of months, but forecasting tornado seasons is even more imprecise than predicting hurricane seasons. Tornadoes are too small and too short-lived for scientists to make seasonal predictions. They don't develop like blizzards and hurricanes, which are easier to project.
The storms that give them birth may last only a few hours.