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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

2014 — The Year of Storms

2014 — The Year of Storms

This winter was tough. And now this spring is proving to be difficult as well. These past few days of extreme weather have caused havoc, deaths, and destruction. Today there are flood warnings, thunderstorm warnings, and ongoing tornado threats.

Tornadoes occur all over the Earth and have been documented in every state in the United States as well as every continent except Antarctica.  However, the US has the unfortunate record of having the most strongest, frequent, and violent tornadoes in the world.  This is mostly because of the size of the country and its unique geography. For the past ten years, this country has experienced on average over 1,000 tornadoes per year. Canada averages about 100 tornadoes a year.

Spring and fall are peak seasons for tornadoes since it’s the time when the weather is trying to change from cold to warm and warm to cool, which means more chances of cooler air colliding with warmer air.

Whether you live in an area where violent tornadoes are common or not, this is an extreme weather time of year. Here are a few timely articles on staying safe during violent spring storms.

Tornado Survival Tips

Flash Flood Safety

Our thoughts go out to all those who have lost so much already during these recent storms. Stay safe.

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