Saturday, August 1, 2009

8/1 - 3pm - Late Summer Tornadoes Abound

It seems like I've been writing about tornadoes quite a bit lately. There were 85 reported tornadoes in July (through the 29th), which is up slightly from the 77 3-year average. The good news is that we haven't had a tornado-related fatality since May. Our overall tornado count for 2009 is down from previous years, thanks in part to the tornado drought we had in Tornado Alley early on in the season.
[SPC - Monthly and Annual U.S. Tornado Summaries]

A tornado that hit Selton, Connecticut yesterday was rated an EF1 after analysis by the NYC National Weather Service office. Trees seemed to be the only things damaged by the tornado, but thousands lost power during the storm.
[NWS, NBC Connecticut]

Just took a look at the forecast for Starkville, MS when I get there on Friday:
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 88.

Whew... Not as hot as I was expecting! The long-range GFS shows a fairly dry pattern shaping up with a possible ridge forming in a couple weeks.

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