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Christmas Weekend Outbreak 2015

One of the scariest propositions facing severe weather meteorologists, like those who work for WeatherCall, is the combination of Christmas Holidays and tornadoes/flooding.  Similar to how people who are on vacation ‘check out’ from their personal safety when they are on vacation, similar results happen during the Christmas Holidays.  Tornadoes are not unheard of during Christmastime, since must of the Southeastern part of the United States are still in their second severe weather season late into December, but in places like Dallas, Oklahoma, Little Rock, tornado producing severe weather is almost unheard of.

Tornado captures near Rowlett, TX, December 26, 2015

Tornado captured near Rowlett, TX, December 26, 2015 – Courtesy, KERA-TV

While there are tornado records for each month of the year the statistics in many states, there are only seven states in the United States with tornado records between 1989 and 2013.  Check out the maps of monthly tornadoes here.  While THIS MAP shows a chance of a tornado watch being issued Christmas week in up to 33% in SW Mississippi (1 watch every 3 years) the chance in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is between 4-9% (1 watch every 10-25 years).  What happened with the tornadoes outside of Dallas tonight is rare indeed.

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Brad Huffines, Chief Meteorologist, WeatherCall Services, bradh@weathercall.net

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