A rare high tornado count day in November, but D.C. got off easy.
It doesn't happen very often in November, but Sunday's tornado outbreak in the Ohio Valley is a devastating reminder that tornadoes can and do happen any month of the year in the United States.
The powerful storms spawned tornadoes in 5 states, but the hardest hit city was Washington, Ill. It was rated as a preliminary EF4 tornado with winds of 170-190 mph.
The unofficial tornado count stands at 81. This number will go down significantly though because there are often multiple reports of the same tornado. However, it looks likely that Sunday will end up in the top three of tornado days in the United States this year.
- Top 3 Tornado Producing Days 2013
There was plenty of warning on the storms, but they moved very quickly at around 55 mph. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. issued a "high risk" of severe storms, something they have only done two other times in November since 1998.
When the cold front knocked on our door, it was the middle of the night, losing some of the prime daytime heating and the storm energy had lifted north. We ended up with some gusty showers between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Here are a few peak wind gusts from our WeatherBug network.
- Weather Bug Peak Wind Gusts Overnight
No damage has been reported in our area as of this writing. Rainfall totals weren't terribly impressive either. We had .15" at Reagan National Airport. The cold air that typically ushers in behind a front like this is still back in the Midwest.
- Forecast Highs Today
While it will be breezy today, temperatures will remain mild in the 60s for highs. The cooler air settles in tomorrow with high temperatures near 50 degrees.
Speaking of extreme weather, I might also want to add that Hurricane Season is still ongoing.
- Possible Tropical Development Atlantic-NHC
It officially ends on Nov. 30. After a very quiet month so far, a subtropical storm Melissa has developed Southeast of Bermuda. It is no threat to the U.S. To get the latest on Melissa, go to www.nhc.noaa.gov