MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The “secondary season” for severe weather is underway. Outbreaks of severe weather occur more often than you’re likely aware in the late fall on the Gulf Coast.
In fact, November is the second busiest month for tornadoes in our area, only slightly behind April, while December is the fifth busiest. This should come as no surprise since just last year two tornadoes touched down in the city of Mobile in December causing considerable damage. One tore across Dauphin street and through the Crichton area on the 20th, while another barreled through the center of midtown on Christmas day.
The atmospheric dynamics that spawn these fall systems are very similar to the spring systems we’re used to causing severe weather.
Meteorologist Jeff Garmon, with the National Weather Service in Mobile said, “We start to see the cold air come in from the north, the dynamics in the atmosphere pick up. You know tornadoes don’t know calendars they just know atmospheric conditions and November is one of our leading months for those conditions.”
We are keeping our eyes on a cold front that may create some strong storms Halloween night into Friday. So stay tuned and be prepared for the “second season” of severe weather.
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