The severe weather during April 2011 has been unprecedented. A few staggering facts from the month (and we're not even through with April):
- On average, 163 tornadoes are reported in April.
- This April, 292 tornadoes have been reported. This shatters the previous record of 267.
- On average, 3300 cases of severe weather (wind, hail, tornadoes) are reported each April.
- Up to now, 5400 cases have been reported this April.
- On April 9, town of Mapleton, IA leveled by tornado.
- April 10, 14 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin; a record for any April day.
- April 14, 22 tornadoes in Oklahoma.
- April 15: 8 fatalities, 66 tornadoes with 40 in Alabama.
- April 16: 29 fatalities, 60 tornadoes across 7 states.
- April 20: St. Louis airport and surrounding neighborhoods hammered by tornado, very close to aceecards (unharmed, thank God!).
(Note: The above content was taken from this page on the Weather Channel:
The above information doesn't even begin to consider the flooding threat facing a good deal of the country.
I live in south-central KY (Russellville, just to the west of Bowling Green, KY). We have been under 4-5 tornado warnings this month - and that's
close to normal for the entire storm season for us. Several tornadoes have been reported across south-central KY. While we are in the "dixie"
tornado alley, it's unusual to have this many tornadoes this early.
My mother and I had a big scare last night. A (believed to be) weakening storm system came through around 1:30 AM. Forecasters originally thought
the main threat would be straight-line winds. However, the segment began to bow out. At 1:30 AM our local forecaster said:
"Here we go, a tornado warning has been announced for Logan County (where I live) for a brief rain-wrapped tornado...."
And then our cable goes out. Everything was okay, but it was unnerving knowing a tornado could be in the area with no cable.
The remainder of this week will continue to be dangerous; Kentucky is in for worse storms tomorrow. Today, areas around and to the west of Memphis
have a very high risk for tornadoes. The Weather Channel's TOR:CON index, which measures the probability of a tornado within 50 miles of an area,
ranks a 9/10 for that area today. For us tomorrow, it will be around a 7/10. Please keep everyone affected in your thoughts and prayers.