Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day, October 19th


Primary severe weather season across the United States is considered to be in the spring, more particularly the months of March through May. However, what most people don’t realize is that Alabama also has a secondary severe weather season in the fall. Fall severe weather season typically runs from the beginning of November until mid-December. Occasionally, it may begin in late October or last until late December. Just like in the spring, there are some years where we may be lucky enough to experience a severe weather “drought” of sorts in the fall. On the other hand, we may see our fair share of tornadoes and severe weather in the fall. The information below will hopefully give you a better idea of just how common severe weather, including tornadoes, actually is across the state of Alabama during the fall months.

From 1950 until 2015, Alabama had at least one documented tornado in the month of November or December in 70% (46/66) of the years.

*Statistics include April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.  If you remove that day’s deaths and injuries, the percentage of deaths that occurred in November and December, between 2001 and 2015,  is around 40%.

Severe weather statistics are not meant to put fear into the citizens of Alabama, but they do emphasize the need to be prepared. Preparation can and does make the difference between life and death.

  • Every home should have a Safety Plan, exercise it monthly. Has anything changed in your household since Spring?  Now is the time to check your emergency supplies, and ensure your NOAA Weather Radio or other portable radio has fresh batteries.
  • ALL tornadoes should be considered dangerous.  Regardless of the strength, all tornadoes are capable of producing damage and causing injuries.
  • Most storm related damage occurs with Severe Thunderstorm winds – treat a Severe Thunderstorm warning the same as you would a Tornado warning.

A complete list of what you should do to get ready for the Severe Weather season can be found here.


**Information compiled from the National Weather Service (Birmingham Office)**

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