Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day 2010
Wednesday, October 20th

Even though the months of March, April and May are notoriously known as severe weather season, here in Alabama, we also have a secondary severe weather season.  This secondary season in Alabama runs roughly from the beginning of November until mid-December.  Central Alabama citizens have been fortunate in recent years with only 4 tornadoes (no injuries) in during these Fall months, but the following statistics regarding fall severe weather season are eye-popping: 

 

From 2000 through 2009:
  • 25% (86/345) of Central Alabama tornadoes have occurred in the months of November or December

  • 93% (28/30) of tornado related deaths, and 79% (336/423) of tornado related injuries, in Central Alabama have occurred in the months of November and December 
  • 100% (6/6) of F3 or stronger tornadoes in Central Alabama occurred in the months of November and December

Since 1950, Central Alabama has had at least one documented tornado in the month of November or December 53% (31/59) of the years.

Damage at FunZone in Montgomery 2006

Damage at FunZone in Montgomery Nov 15, 2006

 

Damage at FunZone in Montgomery Nov 15, 2006

Damage at FunZone in Montgomery Nov 15, 2006

 

These stats are not meant to put fear into the citizens of Alabama, but to emphasize the need to be prepared. Preparation can and does make the difference between life and death.

  • Every home should have a Safety Plan, exercise it monthly.  Has anything changed in your household since Spring?  Now is the time to check your emergency supplies, and ensure your NOAA Weather Radio or other portable radio has fresh batteries.
  • ALL tornadoes should be considered dangerous.  Regardless of the strength, all tornadoes are capable of producing damage and causing injuries.
  • Most storm related damage occurs with Severe Thunderstorm winds- treat a Severe Thunderstorm warning the same as you would a Tornado warning.

Here are some of the recent larger event in central Alabama during fall severe weather season:

In 2007, Central Alabama experienced 3 rare October tornadoes in Hale, Bibb and Lowndes counties.
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click for summary)

In 2006, 4 tornadoes occurred on November 30th during a very unique severe weather episode across parts of West Central Alabama.
(click for summary)

In 2006, 8 tornadoes, including the FunZone F-2 tornado in Montgomery, occurred on November 15th across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2005, 6 tornadoes occurred on November 28th across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2004, 21 tornadoes, including 16 across central Alabama, and widespread wind damage occurred during the early morning hours of November 24 as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through.     (click for summary)

In 2003, a significant line of thunderstorms plowed through Alabama on November 18, resulting mainly in significant straight-line wind damage. Two F1 tornadoes touched down near Tuscaloosa and Oakman. (click for summary)

In 2002, the infamous Veteran's Day Tornado Outbreak brought 11 tornadoes to parts of North and Central Alabama.  Two F3 tornadoes occurred across Fayette, Walker, and Winston counties. (click for summary)

In 2001, the largest tornado outbreak in Alabama's recorded history occurred on November 24, 2001 as 36 tornadoes occurred during a 24-hour period. (click for summary)

In 2000, an F4 tornado occurred near Tuscaloosa with the December 16 outbreak of 12 tornadoes across Alabama. (click for summary)

 

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