2012 Tornado season begins early in Midwestern USA

2011’S TREND OF DAMAGING TORNADOES CONTINUES IN THE MIDWESTERN USA
JANUARY 28-29, 2012

EARLY SEASON TORNADOES RIP THROUGH 6 STATES

Homes, trailer parks, shopping malls, churches, hospitals, and resorts were damaged and destroyed  by high winds as tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and 3 other Midwestern states.
DAMAGE: HARRISBURG, IL: FEB. 29, 2012
WIND DAMAGE: BRANSON, MISSOURI

BACKGROUND

2011’S TORNADOES KILLED 550 PEOPLE.

THE TREND CONTINUES: MORE TORNADOES  IN 2011 THAN IN 2010

SPRING WEATHER CREATES FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR SEVERE STORMS

APRIL 14-16,  2011

MAP OF THE USA’s “TORNADO ALLEY”

2011: MORE TORNADOES THAN IN 2010
•JANUARY---10
•FEBRUARY---67
•MARCH---115
•APRIL---141
•MAY---??

FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR CREATION OF SEVERE STORMS
•Strengthening winds •Daytime heating •Low-level moisture return along and ahead of cool front
During 2011, the combination of strengthening winds, daytime heating, and low-level moisture returne ahead of the cold front   created an environment favorable for the development of long-lived super cell thunderstorms that  produced strong tornadoes.
SUCH WAS THE CASE ON APRIL 14-16, 2011
THE APRIL 14-16 EXAMPLE:
A SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEM THAT MOVED EAST ACROSS THE USA ON APRIL 14-16 SPAWNED NEARLY 100 TORNADOES IN OK, AR, MS, AND AL, DAMAGED COMMUNITIES, AND KILLED 17 PEOPLE IN THREE DAYS.
THE SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEM SPAWNED 5 TORNADOES IN OKLAHOMA: APRIL 14TH

AFTER A TORNADO LEFT A ½ MILE WIDE AND 7 MILE LONG PATH OF  DESTRUCTION IN  THE TOWN OF TUSHKA, OK,  THE SYSTEM MOVED ON INTO  ARKANSAS

TUSHKA: DAMAGE FROM TORNADO
TUSHKA: MOBILE HOME DESTROYED
TUSHKA: HOUSE DAMAGED AND CAR OVERTURNED
IMPACTS IN ARKANSAS
•The same weather system also spawned tornadoes with 130 kph (80 mph) winds in Arkansas, killing seven.
IMPACTS IN ALABAMA
•The same weather system spawned tornadoes in six counties in Alabama Friday, causing at least eight deaths.
IMPACTS IN MISSISSIPPI
•Tornadoes spawned by the same system caused major damage in the town of Clinton, near Jackson, the capitol of  Mississippi.