After Labor Day, most people begin to say goodbye to summer and prepare themselves for fall. But the fall isn't all about quiet, sunny days and cool nights perfect for sweatshirts.
It can be just as dangerous and deadly as the spring and for the same reasons.
Both seasons are transitional. New air masses and weather patterns are beginning to move in as old ones move on.
During spring, the cold winter air and the jet stream begin to travel north as warmer air from the south tries to move in. In the fall, it's just the opposite.
The contrasting temperatures and the active upper level winds create ideal conditions for dangerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes.
This is why most large tornado outbreaks occur in April and May and again in September and October.
In the fall, there's also the added threat of tornadoes produced by hurricanes since September happens to be peak hurricane season.
This is why September is National Preparedness Month. Use this month to research what types of severe weather your community can expect and come up with a plan to keep you and your family safe.
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