Why Nighttime Tornadoes are so Deadly

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, March 29, 2019

While all thunderstorms are dangerous, nocturnal storms can be particularly dangerous.

Nocturnal tornadic storms are especially dangerous.

Luckily only a small percentage, 27 percent, of tornadoes happen at night.

Nocturnal tornadoes are more than twice as likely to kill people than daytime tornadoes, researchers have found.

The main reason is that most people are asleep and won't hear the warnings.

There are still some signs of a tornado at night.

There could be small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm. This means that power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.

Also if you notice a persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.

The Team

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