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Last week’s tornado outbreak breaks record

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Situation for Noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, May 3, 2011

As reviewed in last Friday’s weather discussion, the tornado outbreak in the southern part of the country was a historic event. Yesterday, NOAA released a preliminary estimate on the total number of tornadoes associated with that storm. Between 8 a.m. April 25 and 8 a.m. April 28, there were 362 tornadoes. The bulk of those tornadoes (312) occurred between 8 a.m. April 27 to 8 a.m. April 28. This shattered the previous record for largest number of tornadoes in one event, which had been 148 from April 3–4, 1974.

The weather for the next few days looks decidedly quieter, with less of a threat of severe weather. Here in New England we will experience a sequence of cloudy days, with chances for rain showers today, tomorrow, and Thursday, associated with an approaching cold front.