Twisted weather: Tornado season is on pace to be a record-breaker

Tornado chasing: Tornado chasers in Attica, Kansas, captured a tornado passing by their equipment.
Tornado chasing: Tornado chasers in Attica, Kansas, captured a tornado passing by their equipment.Courtesy Center for Severe Weather Research
With the forces of nature kicking up violently all over the globe in recent days –– an earthquake in China, typhoon in Myanmar and volcano eruption in Chile – getting somewhat overlooked is the rash of tornadoes already this season in the United States.

A total of 98 people have died from damage caused by tornadoes in the U.S. already this year, making it the deadliest tornado season since 1998, with a lot more months of twister action to come. This year already ranks as the seventh most deadly tornado season since records began being kept in 1950.

What’s giving with all of this? As our TV meteorologists always like to remind us, it’s due to the jet stream.

That movement of air at high altitudes has been ideal for tornadoes this year, mixing warm, wet air from the Gulf of Mexico with colder-than-normal air from the Great Lakes region. Here's a cool interactive graphic that shows how tornadoes brew up.

Traditionally, May is the peak month for tornadoes in the southern U.S. while July is the prime time for twisters in the north.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Tornadoes killed at least 21 people and injured hundreds as they ripped through the central and southeastern United States over the weekend. Reuters

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 3:02pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Apparently a tornado was attracted to the site of the wedding of President Bush's daughter a night before the ceremony. You can read about it here. Feel free to create your own jokes.

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 3:36pm
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

this is a horrible thing.....

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:53am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

Man i knew this summer was going to suck so bad. I can't handle bad waether, this summer expectionally

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:14am
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

The tornado is a danger to the humans because can be destroyed everything in seconds and cathastrophy sucess can be happen.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:17am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

cool i love tornados i ran in one before but the bigg ones are scary rrrrrooorrrwwwwww... lol

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:20am

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