The numbers don’t give the full story, and neither do the pictures. May hasn’t realistically lived up to the typified standards that we (as chasers) come to expect. When you hear the words May and United States together, I for one think of photogenic, monster tornadoes. 2017 has been different… it’s felt like finding a pot of gold at the end of stormy rainbow was more likely than a tornado condensing fully to the ground. Yes I’ve seen 9 tornadoes, 1 was “legit”, 1 was a giant dust swirl and 7 were tiny ground circulations.
Large ground swirls (confirmed weak tornado) near Idalia, Colorado (May 25th)
White cone funnel (brief Tornado) North of Simla, Colorado (May 8th)