As you can see from the NOAA map below (click to enlarge), peak tornado activity occurs at different months of the year. March, for example, begins peak tornado season for states in the Southeast, whereas peak tornado season in New England doesn’t begin until June. Nationwide, April and May are the months with the most tornadoes, so now is a good time for all of us to look over our tornado procedures and make sure that staff are trained on how to respond to both a tornado watch and a warning.
It may be November, but don’t let your guard down. Read about yesterday’s tornadoes in Midwest and the snow in the Pacific Northwest: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AM0O020101123.
Yesterday was a very active weather day across the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Numerous tornadoes were reported and wind damage was wide spread. Here’s a NOAA Storm Prediction Center map of yesterday’s storm reports. You can see this dynamic map anytime by clicking on Yesterday’s Storm Reports in the left column of the Toolkit.
As a line of severe weather moves across the Midwest, spawning tornadoes as it goes, it is important for us all to take a look at our tornado procedures. If you are in the line of storms, are you listening for tornado watches and warnings? Do you have a way to notify staff and patrons if a tornado warning is issued? Have you identified areas in your building that can be used to shelter in should a tornado strike?
And here’s a nice little tornado preparedness video:
Click on this link, http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/online/monthly/2010_annual_summary.html, to see locations of tornado reports from January through October 18th. Note the high number of reports in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. To enlarge map below, click on image.
Here’s a compelling video of a train being derailed by a tornado in Illinois back in January 2008.
Click here to view a wonderfully illustrated and very informative web page from National Geographic. The page provides information on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and includes maps and case studies.