Tornado Season in Weather for Kids
When exactly does it start?So when is tornado season? Find out which months tornadoes are more likely to occur from severe weather and other times of the year as well.
People frequently ask when does the season for tornadoes start. Well, the fact is that there is no defined season like. Unlike hurricanes, which primarily happen during a period during the summer and into the fall, tornadoes can happen at anytime of the year in the states.
There are times when it can get unseasonably warm in many places during the winter or fall, and severe storms can occur. Several of these storms will produce tornadoes and sometimes people are caught off guard.
I remember being here in Michigan in January and there was a tornado watch...only a few weeks after a major snowstorm (that's Michigan weather for ya!). So yes tornadoes can happen at any point during the year.
But there are PEAK times and months of the year when tornadoes are most likely to occur. The period which has the most would be spring (mainly for the southern states), as this is when air can get really unstable due the clashing of warm and cold air. There is also a tornado awareness week during the spring as well. The summer is also a peak period, especially for the northern states.
In the Southeast
States like Alabama, Georgia, Missippi, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia can be prone to tornadoes at pretty much anytime of the year. As a matter of fact, a destructive tornado just recently destroyed a town in Georgia...in January. It's good to be alert at all times of the year if you live in these states as the weather can get warm and humid even in winter.
Midwest and Plains Places like Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, tornadoes can also happen at almost anytime of the year, but not as likely to happen in the winter as places in the southeast. However during the srping and summer, these places can get severe storms all the time as well as destructive tornadoes.
In the Northeast, destructive tornadoes are less rare, but the time for them to happen is pretty much the same as the Midwest. It is very very rare to hear of a tornado hitting places like New York or Pennsylvania during the winter.
The western states like California have rare instances of tornadoes so there is really no defined season for tornadoes. Places like Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana get tornadoes during peak times like spring and summer.
Some years can get more active than others and researchers are still learning about changes in weather patterns in order to better predict when these active periods will occur. It has also been thought that El Nino may have an effect on how active the peak times are, as well as how many strong tornadoes could occur.
Of course, the peak times for tornadoes also correlate to location. Tornadoes can occur anywhere, but the tornadoes that occur during peak times will usually occur in an area called tornado alley (Location of Tornado Alley) and other areas in the midwest and the south.
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