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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Tornado Safety

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of victims of Midwest tornadoes this week. I don’t think there is any natural phenomena scarier or more deadly than these storms. I have written in the past about the courage Americans exhibit at these times. I know there are many rescue organization that will direct supplies.

Last spring we saw a near record numbers of tornadoes in the US. Because they hit very small geographic areas, we can’t pinpoint the locations in our two-year forecasts. However, we feel that this spring will be an active in Tornado Alley, with the greatest activity mid May into June. I am concerned that we are seeing such early occurrences. Here is a safety guide we offer when confronted by such a storm. Stay safe this spring!

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