A Public Service Announcement:

As we c;pse pit tje actual hurricane season, we are approaching the peak months of “tornado season.” In North America, tornadoes can occur at any time, but are most common in late winter and early spring.

You and yours are tornado targets, and short of moving underground, there is not much you can do about it. So it is a really good idea to be able to positively identify an incipient storm as well as one bearing down on you.

Tornadoes usually form when a cold, or slightly cooler, front pushes warmer, and lighter, air ahead of it. The warm air starts to rise, air flows in to replace the the updraft air, Coriolis effect starts the spin, and within seconds you can have 225 mph wind trying to rip your house apart.

Fortunately, the National Weather Service has an excellent program on tornado spotting. The video is excellent, if not quite as good as the live program:

And before I check on gun control, let me add that Mississippi gets more tornadoes than any other State. For most of my life the primary tornado zone has been above Jacckson, primarily the Mississippi delta, but anywhere north of I-20.

With the sun’s radiation falling, the primary zone has moved south. This town went for more than a century without a direct hit. But we have had four tornadoes in three years hit here.

Tornadoes can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time, so learn how to spot them. And how to cope with them when they hit.


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