Best tornado, lightning and severe storm footage from 2020 in a tour of Tornado Alley’s highs and lows from March through July. 1075 confirmed tornadoes have been tallied in the US in 2020 including the third widest tornado ever recorded.
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APRIL 12 Soso Mississippi EF4
On Easter Sunday a large, extremely dangerous, long tracking tornado was underway in Mississippi. Doppler radar revealed an impressive supercell, well defined hook echo and distinct lofted debris signature. But up close, vague walls of gray, shrouding rain curtains and a veil of tall trees obscured a hell on Earth. Prior to striking Soso Mississippi, the tornado grew to 2.25 miles wide. The THIRD widest tornado ever documented. Along a 68 mile damage path, it debarked and leveled entire forests. Cars and trucks were thrown hundreds of yards, mangled beyond recognition. Many homes and businesses were destroyed, some completely leveled and swept away
including some well built brick and concrete structures. With estimated wind speeds up to 190 mph (310 km/h) this tornado earned an EF4 rating. Following closely behind, another large EF3 tornado trained close to the previous tornado’s track.
APRIL 19 Southwest of Hattiesburg MS
Seven Days later, another significant tornado risk targeted Mississippi. Chasing over the previous week’s damage paths compounded the danger as trees were still weakened and downed. An intensifying high precipitation storm brought darkness early along with a barrage of powerful positive ground flashes. Not only do positive ground flashes look different from typical negative ground flashes, they often sound different. The thunder from these mega-bolts hits you like the shock wave of an explosion. Deeply embedded in rain, an unseeable mile wide tornado cruised 54 miles across the state at a ground speed of 55mph.
At its peak intensity, The EF4 demolished two well constructed homes, leaving clean slabs in its wake.
APRIL 22, Madill Oklahoma
A low precipitation supercell approaching Madill Oklahoma setting the stage for a highly visible tornado. Right out the gate, it earned EF2 status, snapping power poles and flinging trees as it passed just south of town. A large section of a warehouse was demolished and under a rainbow, mobile homes were completely destroyed.
MAY Low Tornado Activity
April was an active month for tornado activity in the US. Usually May is the peak month, however in strong contrast to 2019, May 2020 had extremely low tornado activity. Forecastable chase-able storms mostly organized into linear modes. Though often ominous and photogenic, Lines or squalls are much less efficient at producing violent tornadoes.
JUNE Low Tornado Activity
June followed May’s suit with lower than average forecastable & chase-able tornado activity.
JULY High Tornado Activity
After most of us had thrown in the towel, July surprised storm chasers with higher than average tornado activity in the Northern Plains. On July 8th, and incredibly photogenic EF4 tornado touched down near Ashby Minnesota. A high base storm allowed the sun to light the tornado and a vibrant rainbow often accompanied the bright white tornado depending on the perspective. Storm Chaser Melonie Metz was kind enough to license her amazing footage for this video.
2020 had lower than average tornado activity with 1075 confirmed tornadoes. (Average is 1250)
Climatologically, the Atlantic hurricane season exceeded records
with 30 named storms, 12 of which landed on the continental U.S.
– 30 named storms – Previous record 28
– 12 named U.S. storm continental landfalls – Previous record 9
– 6 hurricanes made U.S. landfall – tied previous record
The Western US endured the most active wildfire year on record [1983 to present]
and the global average annual temperature was the 2nd warmest on record
and the 5th warmest in the 126-year record in the U.S
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