The big day in the weather world around here is April 27th, 2011. Being a bit of a new guy in town, people always talk to me about that day and what it meant to them. Coming from North Carolina, a state that sees 31 tornadoes per year, I'm familiar with the sound of a tornado warning being issued in a nearby county. So just why does April 27th stick out to us so much?
I did some number crunching, and found that over the past five springs (what I took as a rough estimate of March 1 to June 30), we have had 20 tornado reports within our viewing area. Fourteen of those reports came on April 27th, 2011. While we haven't had a report since March of 2012, our job is to make sure it doesn't shock the system if one spins up in our area.
For some places, this year has spun up some trouble. For most, it's been rather quiet. Countrywide, we normally have 819 tornado reports by this time in the year. In 2014, we've had 672. As you can see, we're a bit behind. But who's complaining, right?
Well...folks in these nine states are: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wyoming. What makes these nine states so special? They've already had more tornado reports than they usually do in an entire year!
An additional eight states have had more reports than they usually do just by the end of June. Those states include: Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia.
While May and June are the most active tornado months, July is quite active as well. It is important not to let our guards down. Again, this is not meant to scare anyone. When you're scared, you panic. You make poor, rash decisions. Our job is to make sure that you are prepared. Preparedness usually leads to the right decision and a safe outcome.
---Meteorologist Chris Michaels---
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