A picture of tornado clouds with funnel, a poem in black text overlay

TROUBLE (with tornadoes)

There is no “tornado season”

Generally, the months of March through June—springtime—present the highest incidences of tornado activity. However, tornadoes can and do occur throughout the year.

Tornadoes, including violent tornadoes and major outbreaks, can and do occur anywhere at any time of year if favorable conditions develop. Major tornado outbreaks have occurred every month of the year.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

More tornadoes occur in the United States than any other country, but tornadoes are known to occur worldwide.

So, we shouldn’t be too surprised, under any misconception that tornado season is over or has not yet arrived, to actually see a tornado in July . . .
. . . August, or December.

First an inkling, then
howling—like a gentle wind
through gaps in your threshold     

Wind bellows, rumbling  
something unidentified   
needs acknowledgement 

Insistence, observed   
reveals dark winds, carrying 
bright pool umbrellas 

Find the FULL featured tornado image (without added text) at Ping News:

Tornado near Cordell, Oklahoma by Official Photographer (1981)(NOAA)
Credit to NOAA Photo Library: Tornado near end of life – photographed during “Sound Chase.” “Sound Chase” was joint project of NSSL and Mississippi State University. Purpose of project was to record sounds emitted by tornadoes.


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