With April showers come May flowers. …And thunderstorms! This time of year severe weather could hit at any given time. Sometimes, a few minutes notice is all it takes to save lives! As we enter into the severe weather season, lets look at some Minnesota tornado statistics.
Tornadoes have occurred in March in the past, but are rare. Below is some interesting tornado statistics for the month of March.
- Before today, only 20 March tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota during the modern era (since 1950).
- The earliest known March tornado in MN was 3-18-1968 about 10 miles SE of St. James in Watonwan County. It was an F2.
- 14 of the 20 MN March tornadoes were on 3-29-98. Comfrey, St. Peter, Le Center, and Lonsdale were all hit in addition to nearby rural areas. A terrible day with 2 deaths.
- The most recent march tornado in MN before today was 3-19-2012 near Elysian. Rated EF-0. On ground 6.5 in Waseca & Le Sueur Counties.
- At the time the tornado warning was released, the same county was also under a blizzard warning.
Tornado Totals and Averages by Month (1950 – 2010) Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Total Totals 19 71 244 605 415 195 76 27 1 1653 Average 0.3 1.2 4.0 9.9 6.8 3.2 1.2 0.4 0.02 27 Percent 1 4 15 37 25 12 4 2 0 100
Mother Nature does not care if it’s March or July we need to be ready for the unexpected. Learn how to be severe weather ready by following the upcoming information.
The national Emergency Communications Network offers FREE and instant severe weather alerts. They make it very easy to register.
- Go to their Community Notification Enrollment site
- Enter your name, address and phone number (there’s even a TDD/TTY option for our hearing impaired)
- Select the type of alerts you wish to receive and method of notification
- If you want your information kept private, check the Data Privacy box
- Agree to Terms and Conditions
- Click ‘Verify Information’
- Your information and settings can we changed/edited just as easily if you create a password protected online account.
- Review your information for accuracy and click ‘Continue’
It really is that easy! Dont’ forget the mobile app…
Then, be a good neighbor. Check with those that are elderly or may not be as connected as you are. Let them know about the many ways to receive ECN CodeRED instant alerts.
CodeRED also assists in time of emergencies not related to severe weather. It provides evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. CodeRED alert system is a tool that can help pull the community together in time of need. Check out the ECN Success Stories page.
MVTV Wireless wishes you a fun AND SAFE summer of 2017!
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