Tornadoes in November are rare
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:20:46 GMT —
The storms that ripped through the Midwest on Sunday is a typical weather condition in April or May, not in November.
"The winds were at different directions at the surface end, up in the atmosphere," says University of Toledo Associate Professor Kevin Czajkowski.
According to the National Weather Service, U.S. has about 35 tornadoes in November every year. More than 80 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down on Sunday.
That rotating wind caused at least five tornadoes to touch down in northwest Ohio, and the storm left a corridor of destruction in its wake. It originated in Perrysburg, near the Chrysler plant, and moved northeast into the city of Oregon.
"Along that path, the intensity waned a little bit, and then picked up again into Oregon. It moved on and caused some of the heavier damage that we saw," said WNWO Chief Meteorologist Norm Van Ness.
He says November does bring a secondary severe weather season, but nothing like what was seen here on Sunday.
"It's not uncommon to get the severe storm, but to get multiple tornadoes over such a small area, in such a small amount of time, is a pretty rare event," said Van Ness.
Weather tends to come in patterns, and if the the recent activity is telling of what is to come, we can expect a stormy winter. Experts say they are educated guesses.
"It might stay that way for several months, but then it may change to a new pattern in a day. That's part of what's so hard to predict about the weather," said Czajkowski.
Norm Van Ness tells us, even though these November tornadoes are rare, outbreaks happen.
"We've had big outbreaks like this in the month of November before, and I'm sure going forward into the next five or ten years, that we'll see another outbreak very similar," said Van Ness.