Nocturnal TornadoesFebruary 29th, 2012 at 12:47 pm by Kevin Orpurt under Kevin Orpurt's Blog
Tornadoes in the dark, or nocturnal tornadoes, as they are called, are the most deadly of tornadoes. According to a study by Northern Illinois University, nighttime tornadoes are 2.5 times more likely to kill than tornadoes during daylight hours. There are a couple of obvious reasons; one is that they are not easily seen, and the other is that they occur when many people are away from television, radio and other sources of information. The pre-dawn tornadoes of February 29, 2012, are a good example of this troubling fact. Several tornadoes touched down before sunrise, catching many while in their sleep.
We urge everyone to be aware of possible severe weather. Here at Storm Team 10, we try to track these possible storms in advance, and will be on air when severe weather is in the area. Another good idea is to sign up for text alerts on your cell phone. A link is on the weather section of wthitv.com. Also, we encourage folks to get a weather radio, which will sound an alarm when severe weather threatens. Any member of the Storm Team will be happy to help you program your radio, if needed.
The lesson to be learned from the morning of February 29, 2012, is that nocturnal tornadoes happen and can be deadly.