Tornado Frenzy: this year’s totals compared to previous years
RAPID CITY, S.D. — It has been a stormy spring and summer in the Black Hills, capped off by a series of strong thunderstorms during the 4th of July holiday.
Residents around the region have been dealing with flooding, tornadoes, large hail, dangerous lightning and even 100 mph winds.
The National Weather Service in Rapid City says that storms may feel a little intense lately, but statistics say it is all par for the course.
“June is our month when we receive the most tornado reports and issue the most warnings,” says Matthew Bunkers of the National Weather Service in Rapid City. “But this year it’s actually shifted later towards later June and into July. So we’re actually near average in terms in the number of tornado reports and the number warnings that we issue, but it’s been shifted about a month later than usual.”
That’s not to say that rain totals are normal this year.
Storms have been active in the region, dropping torrential rainfall and prompting large numbers of severe thunderstorm warnings.
The National Weather Service says to stay weather aware, even if warnings don’t produce damage every time.
“Never let your guard down, you never know what might be coming around the corner,” Bunkers warns. “As soon as you let your guard down, that’s when bad things tend to happen.”
Some areas are six to seven inches of rain above normal for this time of year, so officials ask that you remain vigilant to flash flooding events along with any storm warnings.