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Cusp of Severe Season

By Jim Dickey
February 01, 2013; 12:18 PM

As February's end draws near, severe weather season edges closer. Severe ingredients including; moisture, jet stream energy and storms systems are coming into greater balance. Although they are not as plentiful as what is seen in May, they can be enough to ignite severe storms including hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. In fact than a decade ago a large tornado outbreak occurred over the nations midsection in the month of February with over 85 twisters documented.

The areas most susceptible to severe weather in February and March are over the Gulf and Southeast from eastern Texas to South Carolina. In addition to tornadoes damaging winds and large hail become more common with thunderstorms also carrying the risk of heavy rainfall and flooding.

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