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Two Tornado Seasons In North Carolina

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Greensboro, NC -- In North Carolina Severe Weather Season is recognized as beginning in March and running through the month of May. While this period may see the greatest severe weather activity there is a lesser known severe weather season that occurs during the fall.

The transition from summer to fall initiates a very similar atmospheric setup as what is seen during spring. This is a result of the clash between the returning cold air and the lingering heat from the summer months. As a result an increase in severe weather outbreaks ensues.

North Carolina averages 31 tornadoes a year with May seeing the most tornadoes on average a month with 5. June, July and August all have an average of 3 tornadoes with an increase to 4 average tornadoes a month in September. It is through September and into early November when North Carolina can typically expect to see that smaller, secondary, severe weather season.

AVERAGE MONTHLY N.C. TORNADOES:

JAN - 1

FEB - 0

MAR - 3

APR - 4

MAY - 5

JUN - 3

JUL - 3

AUG - 3

SEP - 4

OCT - 2

NOV - 2

DEC - 0

While severe weather season is technically from March through May, tornadoes have touched down in North Carolina in every month of the year. For this reason it is important to always stay up to speed on the latest forecast and the potential threat for severe weather.

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