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Fall Brings the Risk of More Tornadoes to our Region…NWS Paducah

Fall Brings the Risk of More Tornadoes to our Region…NWS Paducah

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

September 27th, 2016

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Tornadoes have caused loss of life and much destruction in our
region during the fall season. Late September through October and
much of November typically bring more favorable conditions for
tornadoes and other severe thunderstorm events such as large hail
and damaging thunderstorm winds. This increase is driven by a more
dynamic atmosphere that occurs during the fall transition to
cooler temperatures. This transition period sometimes yields low
pressure systems and their associated frontal systems that can
provide an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms,
including tornadoes. Some stark reminders of our fall tornado
threat include:

September 22-23, 2006; 10 tornadoes struck our region, including
a violent EF4 over Perry county, MO and Jackson, county, IL.

October 18, 2007; 16 tornadoes pummeled our region including an EF3 tornado in Owensboro, KY. Twenty two were injured.

October 31, 2013; A record October outbreak occurred with 19 tornadoes and 2 microbursts.

November 6, 2005; An EF3 tornado developed near Smith Grove, KY
before killing 25 in the Evansville, IN area.

November 15, 2005; An EF4 tornado struck the Madisonville, KY
area, injuring 27 with the longest track KY tornado (EF3) in
decades striking Marshall and adjacent counties.

November 17, 2013; A dozen tornadoes, including 8 in the strong category tore across our region injuring dozens and killing 3 in or near Brookport, IL.

December 23, 2015; 9 tornadoes struck our region.

As a result, it is vital that you be prepared as we progress
through the fall tornado season and beyond. Each day this week, the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC), consisting of partners from the NWS, Emergency Management, Transportation, Health and other sectors, will discuss a variety of topics to ensure your safety. The daily topics will be;

Monday September 26 – “Fall Season Overview”

Tuesday September 27 – Night Time Fall and Winter Tornadoes

Wednesday September 28 – “Receiving Alerts: NOAA Weather Radio and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Alerts”

Thursday September 29 – “Your Severe Weather Plan and Kit”

Friday September 30 – “Fall Severe Weather Season Recap”

For additional information see the following:

fb.me/KWPCWest on Facebook.

  http://twitter.com/NWSPaducah

  https://www.facebook.com/NWSPaducah

http://www.weather.gov/paducah

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