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Animation of all Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings in 2012

The National Weather Service released this cool animation of all of the Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings that were issued in 2012.  The red indicates the Tornado Warnings.  The blue indicates the Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. 

Some interesting things to note while watching the animation.  Even though the severe weather "season" is in the months of March, April and May, you can see that severe weather can happen at any time of the year.  The first thunderstorm warnings occured in on January 8th in MIssissippi.  The first tornado warnings were on January 9th in Texas and Lousiana.  That just goes to show that you need to be prepared at all times!

Here in Georgia, the first severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings occured on January 21st.  That outbreak included many areas of central and south Georgia.  It did extend as far north as Coweta county and Fayette County.  Many people were afraid that since we had an early outbreak, that it would be a busy severe weather season for us.

As you continue forward into the time most likely for severe weather, notice that Georgia doesn't fill in as much as areas to the north and west of us.  We had a relatively quiet severe weather season last spring in Georgia.  The colors over the state fill in a little more once we get into the summer with the heat induced severe thunderstorms that tend to pop up in the afternoons and evenings.

If you stop the animation at the very end on December 31, 2012, you can see the entire year's worth of warnings.  Anybody want to move out west?