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Oklahoma’s ‘tornado season’ often lengthy and dangerous

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm •  Published: April 26, 2010
Don’t expect to put an exact start or ending date on “tornado season” in Oklahoma, unless you’re talking about years past.

The people who study the state’s weather, including these violent storms, say tornadoes can occur any time of the year. But the conditions more likely to result in tornadic weather are at their prime late March through late August.

It’s well under way in some areas of the country, as proven by the spring 2010 outbreak that killed about a dozen people in the South.

The heavy activity hasn't locked in on Oklahoma just yet, but forecasters are preparing for when it does.

Are you aware that Oklahoma City has more tornado strikes than any other city in the nation? They also are among the worst.

Remember May 3, 1999? On that date, a tornado rated F5 on the Fujita Scale made a 38-mile track through the Oklahoma City area.

The tornado wrecked housing additions, tore up cities and killed more than 40 people.

The National Weather Service said winds measured by portable Doppler radar topped 300 mph.

Now, the weather service uses the Enhanced F-scale, which classifies F0 to F5 damage as calibrated by engineers and meteorologists through 28 different types of damage indicators.

Today’s weather analysis, with the most advanced technology, has improved both the warning system and the process of evaluating the storms.

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