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A look back at April 2012

While other parts of the country have seen tornadoes this April… Alabama has seen zero.  Not a single confirmed tornado in Alabama for April of 2012.  The National Weather Service says “Merely one year after establishing the record for the most tornadoes in a single month in Alabama, actually breaking the previous annual record in a single month.. there has not been a single confirmed tornado reported in Alabama in the month of April 2012. The last time Alabama experienced a tornado-free April was in 2004. This respite comes as obvious relief to tornado stricken citizens of Alabama. Many of whom are still recovering from the devastating April, 27th  2011 outbreak.”

via National Weather Service Text Product Display.

Here is a year to year comparison for tornadoes from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. Current year has preliminary numbers through April 25th.

Now for the calendar confusion of 2012.  March temps warmer than April temps? Yes, that is the case in several cities. Here are just a few of them in the Eastern Half of the country compiled by the NWS Eastern Region HQ. 


But you can add Chicago, Detroit and Indy to that list. Here are the average high temperatures for March and April for those 3 cities.

April was a particularly stormy month for folks in the Texas Panhandle.  The NWS says 12 of April’s 30 days there was severe weather somewhere in the Panhandle.  And they say severe weather in this area usually doesn’t get going until May.

Here’s a look at some of the hail damage near Lubbock this week from the National Weather Service in Lubbock Texas. 

From the Midwestern Regional Climate Center:

Weather conditions for planting crops in the Midwest have been ideal this year, resulting in all nine states planting well above the 2007-2011 average for April 29th. The states that are furthest along in planting are Kentucky, with 86% of its corn planted, and Illinois, with 79% planted. All states are also much further along in planting corn when compared to last year’s late planting (last column). For instance, on April 29th of this year, Indiana has already planted 70% of its corn, which is substantially higher than the 2% that was planted in Indiana by April 29th, 2011.



If there aren’t too many clouds in your area this weekend, you should be treated to a very bright sky courtesy of the Super Moon.

“This weekend’s full moon will appear larger in the sky than almost any other for the year, due to the moon being at perigee. Perigee is when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit. The moon will appear to be 16% brighter than other full moons and is considered a super moon.” You can read more from This Weekend’s ‘Supermoon’ Will be Year’s Largest | Supermoon Full Moon |



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