Eastern North Carolina sees some severe weather every year but what we saw last weekend is something we don't have very often. An outbreak of tornadoes that occurred last Saturday is something we would probably see once or twice in a lifetime. The data is still being poured over by meteorologists as far as the number of tornadoes and we should have a final account in the weeks to come. The number of tornadoes that have been verified has already exceeded the March 28, 1984 outbreak when 24 tornadoes developed across our area during the evening.
The cause is usually a strong cold front accompanied by a deepening area of low pressure. We also have a strong contrast between cooler air to the north and warmer air to the south. These variables along with others all came together to create a major weather event across eastern North Carolina on April 16.