It’s Spring in Alabama, and we all know what that means. With Spring in Alabama, we also get severe weather season. It’s no secret that if you’ve lived here for any period you just know to expect it and be prepared for it. As we enter the last full week of April, severe weather season also comes to its final stretch and the hot months of summer are upon us. An early recap shows it’s been a busy severe weather season, and that’s the topic of today’s blog.
Per the NWS office in Birmingham, there have been 53 tornadoes so far in 2019 in the state of Alabama. The average number is 47. March 2019 saw 28 tornadoes which is the most in March since 1950. Through April 23, 2019, there have been 16 tornadoes which is the 7th highest since 1950.
Some of the more notable events across the state include:
• The EF2 tornado that hit Wetumpka, Alabama on January 19th
• The EF4 tornado that hit Beauregard, Alabama on March 3rd which killed 23 people
Bringing this down to a local scale and focusing simply on the Tennessee Valley CWA there have been 19 tornado warnings issued. On four separate occasions, there was a tornado watch issued. Those dates include February 23rd, March 9th, March 14th, and April 14th.
Across the Tennessee Valley, we have seen four different confirmed tornadoes all of which were ranked an EF 1.
• Cullman County on March 14th
• Marshall County on April 8th
• Colbert County on April 14th
• Franklin County on April 14th