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Here are some startling tornado statistics

(Source: NWS)

  • More tornadoes are reported in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
  • Tornadoes are most frequent in the Midwest.
  • Tornadoes occur most often in the late afternoon or evening, and in the Spring. But they can occur at any time of the day and in any season.
  • Wind speeds in a tornado may exceed 300 miles per hour.
  • An average of 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year in the United States. About 1,300 tornadoes develop from these storms.
  • Two of the three most devastating tornadoes to strike St. Louis did so in "off-season" periods.  Many of us think that tornadoes only occur in the spring, and statistically, is when most develop. However, in the St. Louis area, significant tornadoes have occurred on these off-season dates:  September 29, 1927  --  February 10, 1959  --  January 24, 1967

So, if a tornado watch or warning is issued in the fall or winter months,
it should be taken seriously, just as in spring or summer!!!!!

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