2016 severe weather reports are up from previous years

- From tornadoes, to damaging straight line winds, and really big hail, overall severe weather reports are up in 2016 compared to the last several years.  This likely comes as no surprise to many across the state as the last several weeks have been pretty rocky to say the least.  Preliminary estimates put the states 2016 tornado count at 35 and overall severe weather reports now over 500, already topping the last 3 years…

While we are passed the usual peak time for severe weather in the state, August, and even the first half of September, can be an extremely active time period for Mother Nature’s fury.  But what’s interesting is that our area is in the minority in the Upper Midwest when it comes to severe weather this year, tornadoes specifically.  Check out the map below.  This shows the amount of tornado warnings issued by each local National Weather Service office in the country…

The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, which covers the Twin cities metro area and much of central and southern Minnesota, has issued 42 separate tornado warnings.  But the offices in surrounding areas and states have issued FAR less.  In fact, we have seen more tornado warnings in our area so far this year than in typically very active areas from Dallas to Kansas City, eastward to Memphis.  Now, the year is far from over and severe weather season doesn’t really end for some of the southern cities, but just interesting to see nonetheless.

So what can we expect in the future?  Well, chances for severe storms starts to dramatically fall through August and into September.  Here’s a figure for you… in the typical year, roughly 95% of all severe weather occurs before the first of September… with the majority of that coming in June, July, and August.  So you could say, we have about a month of severe weather season to go.

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