Storm Raiders Column Writer
Were you confused by last week’s severe weather? Many people were. How can there be a risk of tornadoes in November? Is that not spring weather? Well, yes and no. Tornadoes are most common in Oklahoma from April to June; however, there is a second peak in severe weather in the fall. Severe storms made their way across Oklahoma on Thursday November 5th. Preliminary reports for last week’s storms show 3 tornadoes and multiple reports of hail and wind damage across central and eastern Oklahoma, North Texas, and Southeast Kansas.
There have been many large tornado outbreaks across the U.S. in November. The three largest multi-day outbreaks together caused 280 tornadoes:
Although most of the largest November outbreaks have been east of Oklahoma, we are not immune. For example:
There were 94 tornadoes in November in Oklahoma from 1950 until 2014 with 25 rated F2/EF2 or higher and 2,313 November tornadoes over the entire U.S. with 679 rated F2/EF2 or higher.
We in Oklahoma may not have as many tornadoes in the fall and in many years we have none at all; but it can - and does - happen. Tornadoes can happen any season of the year: spring, summer, fall and even winter. We cannot let out guard do