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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
912 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2023 /1012 AM EDT Wed Sep 20 2023/

...The fall season marks an increase chance for severe weather...

September 25th through September 29th 2023 is fall severe weather
awareness week. Daily graphics will be sent out on social media
during this week to promote severe weather awareness and safety.

The months of October and November, particularly from mid-October
through mid-November, can bring an increase in severe
thunderstorm activity, including tornadoes, large hail and
damaging thunderstorm winds across our region. Recent years
provide several examples of this annual increase in severe
thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In mid to late October 2021, 4 tornadoes impacted parts of
southeast MO and southwest IN. On November 18, 2017, a line of
thunderstorms with damaging winds along with 5 tornadoes occurred.
On Halloween night in 2013, a record breaking 19 tornadoes
occurred across southeast MO, western KY and southern IL. Later on
that year on November 17th, twelve tornadoes impacted the area,
including 8 strong tornadoes, one of which killed three people in
Brookport, IL. On October 18, 2007, sixteen tornadoes ravaged our
region causing 20 injures and 20 million dollars damage. A total
of 17 tornadoes occurred across the region in November 2005,
including the November 6 Evansville area tornado, which caused 25
fatalities and the November 15 Madisonville KY area violent EF4

So why do we see an increase in severe thunderstorms and
tornadoes in the fall? Wind fields, on average, become
progressively stronger in the atmosphere as we transition through
the fall season. These wind fields are often enhanced by storm
systems approaching from the Plains states. This coupled with
sometimes favorable temperature and moisture profiles in the
atmosphere, particularly ahead of low pressure systems and their
attendant frontal systems, can provide the favorable atmospheric
instability for severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes.

Preparation and response are the keys to ensure you and your loved
ones stay safe this fall. First, ensure you have a plan that
includes a safe sheltering location when severe weather threatens.
Second, be sure you have a means to receive weather warnings,
particularly for overnight storms, which are more than twice as
likely to kill. A weather radio is a perfect solution for being
alerted of dangerous weather. Third, go to your pre-determined
safe location promptly when a warning is issued for your area or
when severe weather is observed.

A Facebook Live session will be conducted via the National
Weather Service Paducah KY Facebook page on Mon. September 25th,
2023 at 7:00 pm CDT to discuss severe weather preparedness.

Questions or concerns may be directed to:

Christine Wielgos

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