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Old 10-16-2009, 03:28 AM
 
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Default Tornado Season Approaches

I'm wondering if we will have the same level of alerts this autumn for tornadoes as last year due to the high rainfall. We officially have twice as much rainfall as Seattle this year.

I hope we have the same amount of tornado warnings as a result.

Anyone have data correlating tornadoes to rainfall amounts?
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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I don't think tornadoes correlate to rainfall very much. This time of year, they correlate a lot more to unseasonably warm temperatures. The winter of 1989-1990 (the infamous Airport Road tornado was November 15, 1989) I recall being mostly very warm (except for one very cold snap in December); co-workers were taking off early in the afternoons to go play golf in January.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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I don't think tornadoes correlate to rainfall very much. This time of year, they correlate a lot more to unseasonably warm temperatures. The winter of 1989-1990 (the infamous Airport Road tornado was November 15, 1989) I recall being mostly very warm (except for one very cold snap in December); co-workers were taking off early in the afternoons to go play golf in January.
You're right about the warm temps...but do you remember it snowing some the night of the Nov. 15, tornado? I do...I was searching cars that night...
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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Well now that it is cold, damp and dreary outside, I guess I don't have to worry too much about a tornado--yet.....
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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You're right about the warm temps...but do you remember it snowing some the night of the Nov. 15, tornado? I do...I was searching cars that night...
I do remember watching it snow on the rescuers... but before the tornado went through, it was about 40 degrees warmer. That was a pretty nasty cold front.
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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Well now that it is cold, damp and dreary outside, I guess I don't have to worry too much about a tornado--yet.....
Not today at least. The problems come from the weather fronts that come through. Whenever you see big temperature swings (if they are predicting a high of 84 degrees one day and then 55 the next, for example) that's when you have to watch out. I just always watch the National Weather Service site for fronts in the mid-west and occasionally will tune in to local TV weather to get more prediction info.

Seems like we've had relatively inactive Fall storm seasons the last couple of Falls. I suppose it was Feb. of 2008 that we had the tornados that killed people in Morgan and Jackson counties. Bit unusual for *that* time of year but not unheard of. Spring storm season seems to fall around April-May and Fall Storm season Nov-Dec. give or take. But it can happen any time of year. I remember being under a tornado warning in mid-July 2004, actually.

In any case, I don't think there is a correlation between rainfall amounts and tornados.
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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I do remember watching it snow on the rescuers... but before the tornado went through, it was about 40 degrees warmer. That was a pretty nasty cold front.
This was before I moved here but my old co-workers talked about what a nice, hot day it was and then how it snowed on the drive home from work after the tornado had gone through.

Weird.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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I remember a neighbor telling me something about a dew point being at a certain level -- when we see that point, duck and cover :P

But I have to call her to get the info again... I forgot... playing ostrich LOL.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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ha ha - DM, you just reminded me of the mom character from the Transformers movie. Specifically the "extra" take during the credits. "Duck and cover!"
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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Default My Tornado Shelter

Day or Night: interior bathroom, sitting on my latest MS, iPHONE in hand, MACbook and purse close by, bottle of wine and glass poured.

If I am going to go, I am going to go in style.
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