Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is our quiet tornado season about to get noisy?

Here in Mississippi, April leads the other months with the most tornadoes. Between 1950 and 2009, there's been 265 April tornadoes. Meanwhile, March is in second place with 213. July is in last with just 31.

Thus far, 2010, has been very quiet when it comes to severe weather. We've had some small threats, but nothing major. Unfortunately, our luck may be running out. A potential outbreak of severe weather seems to be building for Mississippi between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. What's worse, is that some models suggest that this may become a prolonged event. In other words, there may be multiple rounds which carry a threat of severe weather.

Right now it's not to early to say that severe weather will develop in Mississippi...In fact it seems fairly probable. However, it is to early to say that severe weather will certainly be here in the pine belt. We are still 3+ days out and as we get closer I will be more precise as to where the severe weather may go. Either way, I want to make sure that this a well advertised event.

Know that all types of severe weather will be "on the table". This includes, strong winds, hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and tornadoes. Please keep up with us on air and online as this week progresses. I'll be putting a lot of emphasis on this event through out the rest of the week.

Thanks for trusting the 7 on Your Side weather team.

-Nick Ortego

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