ImpactWeather produced our monthly weather outlook for our clients this morning, a 25-minute look at the next few months and an early peak into the tropical season. A few items really stuck out – such as the fact that it’s been a warmer winter in the U.S. but not really anywhere else in the world – but nothing jumped out more than when meteorologist Fred Schmude quickly spelled out how the contiguous U.S. could see more than 2,000 tornadoes this year. Two. Thousand. A full one-third more than usual.
This week’s tornadoes in the Dallas area and with watches and warnings in effect in Tennessee and Missouri as I type this, it seems as though tornadoes this season will be more the weekly norm than the exception.
Regardless of whether this is a trend that will continue into the future, the fairly rare and intense destruction in Dallas should make us all consider that tornadoes aren’t just something that happens to other people in other parts of the country. You might plan for the most obvious severe weather interruptions considering your location(s), perhaps tropical weather or the occasional blizzard or semi-annual flooding that interrupts your operations and your life but probably not for tornadoes . . . even though they strike each of the Lower 48 at one time or another.
Most weather events happen over a relatively long period of time and can inflict mild to medium-level damage that takes a while to recover from – essentially just a great big hassle. Like maybe a 2-day flood that forces you to replace some sheetrock and your carpet. But tornadoes are swift and terrifying and devastating and leave destruction like none other.
Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself just how prepared you’d really be if your life or organization was impacted by a tornado. Think about it and then take action.