The Significance of 2 EF3 Tornadoes Over the Past Year

Over the past year, Acadiana has seen 2 EF3 tornadoes. Is this normal, and there are reasons it has happened?

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 4:53 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 4:24 PM

While knowing the forecast and what the weather is going to be is important, it is just as important to put our weather into perspective. Over the last 70 years, we have seen 15 EF3+ tornadoes here in Acadiana. The important thing to notice though when looking at this is that 2 of these have occurred in the past year. Once in May of last year in Church Point and this past week in Palmetto. You might wonder if this is normal and well, we can tell it isn’t because to find the last F/EF3 tornado you have to go all the way back to 1992 when a twister moved into Jeff Davis Parish.

So we have this information but is there a reason why we are seeing more tornadoes? Well, there are theories that could back up what we’ve seen. Meteorologists have hinted at the possibility of the “Traditional Tornado Alley” which is where strong tornadoes in the Plain States actually shifting to the south and east over the past few decades. While this remains a heavily debated subject, this region of the country has seen an increase in tornadoes. Some say this can be attributed to things like Climate Change, improvements in radar technology, the simplification of being able to communicate in real-time, as well as a combination of the 3.

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