For the first time since 2014, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a “high” risk for severe weather. Areas affected include southern Georgia and northern Florida. A significant tornado outbreak is expected in those areas today after multiple tornado reports overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.
The last high risk day was on June 3, 2014 and included parts of southern Iowa – including Des Moines. On that date, 16 tornadoes (but no casualties) were reported.
The full outlook for June 3, 2014 can be found here.
This is an uncommon time of the year to have such strong storms. In fact, a high risk has not been issued in January since January 21, 1999…almost 18 years to the date. Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana were included in that high risk zone. That is also the earliest calendar date that a high risk has ever been issued. Reports of 99 tornadoes came during the outbreak of January 21-23, 1999. Most of those tornadoes touched down in the southern United States.
This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 22, 2017