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Nearly every day between April 25 and May 27 saw tornadoes in the U.S., marking the most active May for severe weather since 2011, with violent storms, a downburst in Houston, and massive hail.

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In short:

  • Tornadoes touched down on 94% of days from April 25 to May 27, surpassing other recent active periods.
  • The frequent tornadoes are due to a stagnant weather pattern that generated numerous supercells across the central states.
  • The upcoming large-scale weather pattern change may reduce tornado activity next week.

Why this matters:

The hyperactive tornado season emphasizes the need for preparedness and robust warning systems. With climate change potentially intensifying such storms, understanding these patterns will be important for mitigating future impacts.

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