There have already been well above normal tornadoes for this point in the year across the country. You’ve probably heard about the violent outbreak Tuesday night in parts of Kansas and Misssouri.
Actually the severe storm swath covered parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Kentucky. The preliminary tally indicates 21 tornadoes, 165 reports of winds over 58 mph, and 37 large hail reports. The map below from Storm Prediction Center shows the coverage.
Go to this link from the National Weather Service in Wichita, KS to find out what weather conditions came together to produce the outbreak. Plus you can see many amazing photos of the tornadoes and damage. By the way, it was part of the same system which br0ught the heavy snow, sleet, rain, and wind to Wisconsin. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=ict&storyid=79763&source=0
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on February 29, 2012