Spring marks the time of year when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occur most often in Texas. They bring all the devastating elements - tornadoes, lightning, large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding. This is a time when Texans begin to take increasing advantage of the state's great outdoor opportunities. So, it is particularly important that everyone be aware of the weather when outdoors. Each Texan must know what to do when severe weather threatens him or her at home, at work, at school, at play or even when traveling on the road. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an excellent time to review safety plans for the coming weather threats.
Check out the severe weather awareness (PDF) that the National Weather Service has put together on how to plan ahead and be knowledgeable about severe weather, how to react, what the warnings mean, and ideas for how to create a plan for your family.
Here in southeast Texas our most common severe weather are severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. Here's some great info from NWS in regards to both of those severe weather events:
Severe Thunderstorm Classification
A thunderstorm is classified as severe by the National Weather Service when it produces wind gusts in excess of 58 miles per hour (mph) or hail of one inch in diameter or larger. An occurrence of a tornado will also classify a thunderstorm as severe. More information about tornadoes is given in the Tornado section.
How Severe Thunderstorms Impact Southeast Texas
While severe thunderstorms are most common in the spring and summer, they can occur just about any time of year in southeast Texas. On average, southeast Texas experiences 50 to 60 days a year with thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms occur on about a third of those days. Severe storms can occur just about any time of day in southeast Texas, but are most common in the afternoon and evening hours.