Pennsylvania has already seen yearly average of tornadoes

The Associated Press
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Central Pennsylvania Monday.

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.

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