Midwest tornadoes in November: Just how rare?Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A November tornado in the Midwest: That alone might seem odd for some, but with over 80 touch-downs initially reported, this storm definitely bucked a few trends.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A November tornado in the Midwest: That alone might seem odd for some, but with over 80 touch-downs initially reported, this storm definitely bucked a few trends.
Daryl Ritchison- WDAY StormTRACKER Meteorologist: "The oddity about this storm was, and certainly not unprecedented, but to get this many tornadoes this far north, late in the season; that's where you could probably use the term rare."
How rare? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this was a one-in-seven-year event.
And with a November average of 58 tornadoes across the entire country, disaster response teams were caught having to switch gears.
Brian Shawn- Regional Comm. Officer, American Red Cross: "Right now, usually, we're in hurricane mode. That’s when we’re kind of watching those bordering states on the oceans to see if there’s going to be a hurricane or tropical storm that might damage some areas."
Ritchison says all the right circumstances were there for severe weather: Strong low pressure, big contrast of warm and cold air, a lot of spin in the atmosphere and varying speeds and direction of wind shear.
Ritchison: "The weather doesn't know the day of the year. It doesn't know what the month is. When the ingredients come together for something like this, it doesn't matter what time of year it is. The outcome is usually the same."
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