LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

PHILADELPHIA – Weather officials say Pennsylvania has already recorded the average number of tornados for a year even before the summer period in which severe weather is most common.

Meteorologist Sarah Johnson of the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey says 16 tornadoes – the yearly average – have had preliminary confirmation in the commonwealth so far this year.

Severe weather is more common in June and into July, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. For example, Johnson says, a large outbreak of severe weather occurred Oct. 2 across Pennsylvania.

In recent weeks, Johnson says, the high plains and mid-Atlantic have been getting the brunt of low-pressure systems bringing precipitation.

On Thursday, six tornado warnings were issued across the commonwealth in a span of just two hours.

More: Faulty beams close bridge in Lower Windsor Twp.

More: Boy, 13, fell from Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg National Park

Read or Share this story: https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/pennsylvania/2019/05/25/pennsylvania-already-seen-yearly-average-tornadoes/39515895/