And the wrath of tornadoes continued this past weekend for the Midwest U.S. Just last night there was a pretty significant tornado outbreak in and around Joplin, MO. There were reports of a mile wide tornado affecting the area bringing damage equivalent to a possible EF-4 or EF-5 tornado. There were 51 tornadoes reported yesterday, 13 of those were in Missouri alone. 51 tornadoes is almost 40 percent of the total amount of tornadoes reported so far this month!
If you look back and my previous blog posts specifically this post (http://weatherarc.com/blog/2011/05/05/800-tornadoes-reported-april-2011/) you will see Missouri already saw 30 tornadoes last month. If you add on this months total that brings the current count of reported tornadoes to 45! On average Missouri has 30 tornadoes a year.1 So if most of the tornadoes reported do verify this will go down as one of the more active months for Missouri.
Here is a map of the tornado counts so far this month. Joplin, MO is denoted with an asterisk on the map.