Before this weekend, it was a fairly quiet severe weather season.
Just more than 100 tornadoes had formed over the course of the year --a slower start than any of the last nine years. Saturday was the 160th day in a row without an EF-3 or larger tornado.
That's the fourth longest the U.S. has gone since 1953 when tracking of tornadoes began. Then Sunday happened.
Sunday's tornado outbreak broke the 160-day streak.
Preliminary reports are just beginning to come in, but initial findings are ranking at least one tornado in Arkansas a minimum of an EF-3. The damage path with this particular tornado is at least 29.2 miles long. So long it's taking the National Weather Service two days to assess the damage.
Monday saw even more tornadoes, and when combined with Sunday, the tornado count rose to at least 100 -- nearly doubling the annual total in two days.
Before this weekend, there had only been one tornado outbreak.
The Feb. 20 outbreak, which spawned 34 tornadoes, only produced weak EF-0s and EF-1s, causing minor damages and a handful of injuries.
Sunday and Monday were worse in both tornado size and numbers thanks to a more volatile atmosphere. The country may see more tornadoes this afternoon since those same conditions are sticking around.
Tomorrow could bring another round of severe weather, but the risk for tornadoes is much lower. By the end of the week, the South may get a long enough break to begin picking up the pieces.
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