In a year that has seen a spike in the number of tornadoes across the country, how is Mississippi stacking up?
The Storm Prediction Center - the National Weather Service office responsible for severe weather forecasts and tallies - says that 1,330 tornadoes have been reported this year. Not all of those tornadoes have been confirmed yet, but even still the numbers of confirmed tornadoes are already nearly three times that of the most active periods of previous years.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson says 68 tornadoes have been confirmed to have touched down in Mississippi so far this year. In 2007, a total of 33 tornadoes touched down. In less than half the time the number of tornadoes has more than doubled.
In 2005, 99 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi, setting the record for most tornado touch-downs in a year for the state. Only five twisters impacted the state in 1964 - that's the record for least amount of tornadoes in a year. The average is 26 per per year with an average of 7 deaths reported due to tornadoes.
Most tornadoes in Mississippi occur between November and May. We are entering a period of the year that is, on average, very calm as far as tornadoes are concerned. In 2007, Only 1 tornado occurred from May to September.
Most of Mississippi's tornadoes are EF0 or EF1 intensity, meaning the winds are estimated at 65-110 mph. The strongest tornadoes reported this year were EF3-intensity with winds of 136-165 mph.
So just like the rest of the country, Mississippi may be on its way to a record tornado season if the trend established during the early part of the year continues.