Project: Tornado Question of the Day

I want to thank the Tigers of Townview School in Beloit for an awesome afternoon!  I headed up to Rock County on Thursday to continue our Project: Tornado presentations for local schools.  I spoke with nearly 300 third, fourth, and fifth graders about severe weather, tornadoes, and other weather topics.  We had a great time!

Once again, a great question was brought up!  One student asked how many tornadoes have touched down so far in the United States this year.  I did some research and found out that 360 confirmed tornadoes occurred in our country from January 1, 2012 through May 9, 2012.  Only 4 (or 1%) of this year’s tornadoes have been rated an EF-4 or higher.

In our area, no tornadoes have touched down in 2012.  Statewide, Illinois has had 10 confirmed tornadoes and Wisconsin has had NO tornadoes so far this year.  The Leap Day tornadoes of February 29 devastated Harrisburg in southern Illinois.  An EF-4 tornado hit that city taking 7 lives and causing millions of dollars in damage.

Here’s another interesting fact I found: on March 9, a tornado (that began over the ocean as a waterspout) moved on shore near Honolulu, Hawaii.  It caused minor damage to homes, trees, and knocked out power!

-JA

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This post was written by qni_it on May 10, 2012

2 Comments so far

  1. Joanne Tinder May 10, 2012 9:09 PM

    Hi Joe,
    We loved having you at Townview. The students loved the presentation as did the teachers. Your presentation went so well with our curriculum….amazing! Thank you again.

  2. Joe Astolfi May 11, 2012 4:25 PM

    Thank you, Joanne! I enjoyed my time at Townview. Everyone was friendly, kind, and the kids really wanted to learn! Thanks again!

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