Why So Many Tornadoes Are Striking The US
March 3, 2012 by staff
Why So Many Tornadoes Are Striking The US, A warm spell and a low-dipping jet stream are fueling the monster storms that are spawning tornadoes Friday across a wide swath of the country, weather experts said.
Friday, the Storm Prediction Center has received 311 reports of severe weather, including 48 reported tornadoes and a few reported fatalities. This massive storm system also spawned deadly tornadoes on Leap Day, which raked Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. The severe storms killed at least 12 people and included a strong EF-4 twister in Harrisburg, Ill., a rarity for February.
As of Friday morning, the severe storm risk area covered an estimated 162 million people, or 56 percent of the United States, according to weather experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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