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04.24.07

Active Tornado Season

Our region has witnessed more tornados in the last 6 weeks than in most entire storm seasons in the last 20 years. And with two months still to go in severe weather season, that number could double.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg joins us live in the studio with more on what factors helped create this active season.

The National Weather Service says in recent history whenever we've had a wet winter, an active severe weather season followed. But really what's happening is all the elements needed for tornados are repeatedly coming together across our viewing area.

"This is my 21st year to track storms and weather across the area I've never seen one start so active so early in the season," says "Doppler" Dave Oliver.

More than 40 tornados have hit the tri-state area this year, killing three people, and causing millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. The worst part is this could only be the beginning.

"There have been years where we've see 50-60 tornados in our area so that can happen and we hope that doesn't occur in our area this year, but it is a possibility," says Jose Garcia with the National Weather Service.

"The peak tornado season is not until May and early June, so we're not even close to that yet, but for whatever reason everything is coming together on a very frequent basis, we've had more tornados this early in the season than the last couple of decades," says "Doppler" Dave.

Both tornados that hit Cactus and Tulia Saturday were EF-2 scale storms - which are winds between 110 and 135 miles per hour. Experts say the active season should send a strong message to area residents.

"From what we've seen and learned this season with the devastation and fatalities, people need to take it seriously because if it continues we'll be seeing more and more of this in the news," says "Dopplar" Dave. 

Doppler Dave says in 1995 there were 92 tornados through the month of July. We are on pace to possibly break that recent record.

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