Usually when you think of severe weather and tornadoes, you think spring! As it turns out, fall can bring more than just some pretty red leaves.
Fall is known as the second severe weather season. It's not as potent as the classic spring-season, but still a force to be reckoned with.
All of the classic severe weather threats like flooding, high winds, hail, and even tornadoes are all possible in the fall. These weather events are most common in late October and early November.
This time of year is similar to the spring in a lot of ways, because it’s all about transitional air masses. While the summer is just hot, and winter is just plain old cold, spring and fall are times of seasonal transitions.
When strong cold fronts march across the country, pushing out warm, humid air, those two air masses collide and do battle--and that's how storms are tornadoes are formed! The second severe weather season doesn’t always take a back seat to it’s more famous spring-sibling. Six of the 45 largest tornado outbreaks in history happened during the fall. So, don't let the fact that it's fall put you in a false sense of security when it comes to weather.
As always, have a preparedness plan for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Know the safest place to go in your home, have a first aid kit ready, and make sure your flashlights have fresh batteries.
And here's the thing: you don't have to be scared of fall weather. The lesson still remains: be aware, take care, and stay safe.