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Tornado chat 2 p.m. Tuesday with Doug Hill and Bob Ryan

May 24, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Why are so many tornado records being broken in 2011? Check here at 2 p.m. for a tornado talk with Doug Hill and Bob Ryan, ABC7's top meteorologists.

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May is typically the most active month for tornadoes. But this year, severe weather has gotten the jump on the United States in a spectacular fashion.

April 2011 had more tornadoes than any other April in the nation's recorded history – a dominating slew of 875 twisters versus 267 in 1974. And the number of fatalities through the month of May, nearing 500 at last check, is the highest ever on official record books that date five decades back.

Curious as to why tornadoes seem to own the U.S. this spring? Then check in at 2 p.m. today for a live chat with Bob Ryan and Doug Hill, ABC7's top meteorologists. Any and all tornado questions will be answered, even if they deal with The Wizard of Oz. See you then.

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