February twisters rare in
National Weather Service meteorologist describes them as 'pretty unusual'
The Associated Press,
February tornadoes are unusual, even in tornado-prone
At least three tornadoes touched down in the state on Tuesday, including one blamed for eight deaths and dozens of injuries.
National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Speheger in
The most recent February twister before Tuesday's spurt occurred
"In mid-to late March and going through May and mid-June is kind of when we usually have our severe weather season, when we typically see severe weather," Speheger said early Wednesday.
"February tornadoes aren't terribly uncommon in the southeastern
this early in the year and for them to be this strong."
Last February tornadoes killed more than 50 people in
That outbreak was farther north than most February tornadoes and stronger, Joseph Schaefer, director of the
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