The National Weather Service took reports of at least 34 separate tornadoes in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Dec. 25, 2012, according to the service’s Storm Prediction Center.
The Christmas holiday may conjure visions of snow and ice, but twisters like the ones reported in the south on Tuesday are not unheard of this time of year.
Ten storm systems in the last 50 years have spawned at least one Christmastime tornado with winds of 113 mph or more in the South, said Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman in Washington, via email.
The most lethal were the storms of Dec. 24-26, 1982, when 29 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi killed three people and injured 32.
Prior to this year, a total of 30 tornadoes touched down on Christmas Day since 1964, according to online twister tracker TornadoHistoryProject.com .
The most recent were a series of six tornadoes in Florida in 2006, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
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All-time record high temperatures were set at several location in south central Alaska Monday afternoon.
A potent area of low pressure will move along this rim and drop down the front side bringing a round of severe weather to Maryland Wednesday evening/night through Thursday afternoon (timing is still in question).
As the moisture from this tropical low moves north it will interact with a trough out to the west. This will increase Maryland's rain chances late Thursday into early Saturday morning.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service and researchers from the University of Oklahoma continue to investigate the May 31st El Reno tornado that hit just west of Oklahoma City.
No big shocker here. Oklahoma shares the top of the list of states with the most tornadoes rated either F5 or EF5 since 1950.