65 tornadoes in Arkansas this year, past average was 26

 

 

Destroyed vehicles are piled on top of one another in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging the hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses.

 

Destroyed vehicles are piled on top of one another in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging the hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. Photo by The Associated Press.

ArkansasKTHV Channel 11 in Little Rock reported:

 This quieter weather is welcome after the severe weather season the state has seen.

According to the National Weather Service the first tornado this weather season hit on February 24th, just southwest of Wye and since then the state has seen much more.

“We’re almost at 65 and we’re not even half way done with the average by the way is 26,” Chief Meteorologist Ed Buckner says. 
According to NOAA there has been 11-EF-0’s, 46-EF 1’s, 7-EF 2’s and just southeast of Reform Arkansas an EF 3. That was all before the latest rounds of storms this week.

“It’s normal to see some severe weather in the springtime, but the extent of severe weather is obviously far from normal,” Buckner says.These tornadoes have caused large amounts of damage and before this week’s storms, tornadoes alone took 7 lives and caused more than 26 injuries.

There hasn’t been much of the state that hasn’t seen some kind of damage from either tornadoes or straight line winds. From 113 miles per hour winds measured in Craighead County to 100 mile per hour in Ashdown and Hope.

One thing is for certain you cant predict exactly what mother nature has in store for us next.

Buckner adds,”Iur weather season is March, April and May with a secondary severe weather season in the fall so we’re not done for the year once May ends.”

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At least 89 dead, but still counting in Joplin, MO

May 23, 2011 – 6:50 am

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood ...

Emergency personnel walk

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011.A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses

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