If you thought 2014 was a quiet year for severe weather in northern Indiana, southern Lower Michigan and northwestern Ohio, you were right.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) published today the two maps below, which show the total number of watches (severe thunderstorm and tornado combined) issued by the SPC through November 2014. The bottom map shows the departure from normal. As you can see, for most of the country, this year had a below-average number of watches issued, with a few spots above normal. The graphic is also available on the SPC website at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/