Tornadoes 2004

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Tornadoes come in all shapes and sizes and can occur anywhere in the U.S at any time of the year. Especially due to our changing weather, we have seen tornadoes hit at very odd times. In the southern states, peak tornado season is March through May, while peak months in the northern states are during the summer.




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Rare Tornado Spotted Over Hawaii


Jan. 28, 2004

Photo: When people think of Hawaii, they usually imagine sunshine and beaches, but Oahu got a taste of some wacky weather last weekend.

HONOLULU (AP) — A spectacular sighting on Oahu Sunday has opened up debate over exactly what it was.

Although video showed it touching the ground, it's being classified as a funnel cloud for now.

"I thought it was awesome. Everybody came out and look at it," said onlooker Joey Reynolds. "This is my first time I ever saw a tornado. Everyone's all get cameras, get the cameras. It's so great."

"It was just a matter of minutes. It had moved from outside my window to a mile away in like just a minute of so. So it was real fast," said DeAnna Connolly. "I'm actually from Texas, but I've never seen one and now I'm in Hawaii and didn't think that could touch down here, and then seeing one in your backyard is pretty intense."

A funnel cloud officially becomes a tornado once it reaches the ground. But the National Weather Service says it can't say whether or not that happened on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

"Right now, we don't want to confirm or deny that until we get a chance to look at the video and we have our science officer check that out for us," said Robert Ballard of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Weather Service warns that if people see a funnel cloud approaching, they should either get out of the way or move under something sturdy.

DeAnna Connolly/Witness -Casey Hulse/Witness -Lono Goo/Witness

http://www.kstp.com/article/view/126493/




TORNADO STATS TO DATE
(as of Jan. 26)

TORNADO COUNT TORNADO DEATHS KILLER TORNADOES
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
2001-03 Ave.
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
2001-03 Avg.
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
2001-03 Avg.
Prelim
Final
Prelim
Final
Final
Final
Final
Prelim
Final
Final
Final
Final
Prelim
Final
Final
Final
Final
JAN 1 ? 0 0 3 5
16
4 ? 0 0 0
0
0 ? 0 0 0
0
0
FEB ? ? 11 18 2 30
56
16 ? 2 0 8
19
3 ? 1 0 3
4
1
MAR ? ? 49 43 47 34
103
41 ? 8 0 3
2
3 ? 4 0 2
1
1
APR ? ? 118 154 118 135
136
127 ? 0 7 5
2
4 ? 0 6 4
2
5
MAY ? ? 571 516 204 240
241
222 ? 39 4 1
2
14 ? 11 2 1
2
1
JUN ? ? 237 292 97 248
135
133 ? 1 0 5
0
2 ? 1 0 3
0
2
JUL ? ? 125 168 68 120
148
94 ? 0 0 0
1
0 ? 0 0 0
1
0
AUG ? ? 36 44 86 69
52
78 ? 0 0 0
0
0 ? 0 0 0
0
0
SEP ? ? 30 30 62 84
47
73 ? 0 0 2
2
0 ? 0 0 1
2
0
OCT ? ? 19 ? 57 117
63
87 ? 1 4 2
0
2 ? 1 3 2
0
2
NOV ? ? 49 ? 98 112
48
105 ? 0 37 14
0
25 ? 0 14 7
0
10
DEC ? ? 0 ? 99 22
26
61 ? 0 3 0
12
1 ? 0 3 0
2
1
Total 1 1817 1245 1235 941 1216
1071
1039 ? 51 55 40
40
48 ? 18 28 23
14
23
? = final number not yet available
Final represents total tornadoes

Preliminary numbers count each time a tornado touches down or crosses a county line
Links in the Killer Tornadoes column will take you to NOAA specific reports for the event