Matt’s World of Weather: Tornado Outbreak

The event lasted for more than 8 hours, produced 28 tornadoes, and scared many families in the east. On the 16th, 77 reports came in regarding tornadoes in the area. Over the past week, the National Weather Service sent teams of meteorologists out to the impacted locations to assess possible tornado damage. Of those reports, the NWS was able to confirm 28 total touchdowns. In these situations, multiple reports can be registered for the same tornado (that’s why reports are usually much higher than confirmations).

It has taken over a week to compile, but I will let the data speak for itself. I encourage you to take a look at the video and photos tab at the top of the story.

Lastly I just want to say thank you to the National Weather Service for their hard work during this outbreak. Between them and the WITN weather team, as well as other media outlets, I can only hope it helped to keep you and yours safe.

Tornado Averages in North Carolina:
It depends on the data you look at, but on average North Carolina is impacted by roughly 16 tornadoes in a given year . Here in eastern North Carolina we average about 6 touchdowns in a year. To put that number in perspective, we had more than four times our yearly average in a span of only 8 hours.

Of these tornadoes, most (80%) are either EF0 or EF1 in strength and 15% are EF2.

This data has been derived from a comprehensive study from the State Climate office and has taken data from 1950 to 2003. The most recent outbreak has not been included in these numbers.

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  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    I know from just living, that weather is based on so many variables it is a difficult prediction. Sort of like hurrican paths...look at all the tracks, see what happens later...its a box of chocolates. I have heard the El Nino and La Nino plays havoc, depending on when the start to hit...did this come earlier this year than most? The reason I ask, is with record snowfall in CA...something changed pretty quick...14 feet of snow? Also, based on utility heat...our winters are getting colder, not because I say so..because Mr Furnice consumption is up again. He wants me to feed him more then in the past. Are we in a cold spell? Thanks for you video!

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