Is This Like April 27?

| December 25, 2012 @ 4:00 am

Most of us in the weather enterprise have stopped answering this question every time we have a severe weather threat like Tuesday. We will probably hear the question for years.

I think we all understand the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that killed 252 people in Alabama was generational. They actually happen about every 40 years on average; we only had two events like it last century. March 21, 1932, and April 3, 1974. Extremely rare.

Why won’t we answer the question?

Simple.

All it takes is ONE tornado coming down your street, and that makes it YOUR April 27. Ask our friends in Center Point and Clay… the January 23 event this year was their April 27… even though the two events on the large scale were not in the same league. Not in the same universe.

So, if you ask is the Christmas event like April 27, 2011? Don’t expect an answer… you just have to be informed and prepared. Just read our blog posts here for full details on the expected Christmas Day/Night event…

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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.