Recapping 2022’s severe weather
(KTEN) – Four confirmed tornadoes in Montague County, eight tornado warnings in Pushmataha County, and 37 severe thunderstorm warnings in Garvin County were some of the statistics that came out of 2022’s severe weather.
Breaking down each statistic by county reveals which Texoma county was hit the hardest. Starting with confirmed tornadoes, Montague County stands out as the county with the highest amount of tornadoes. In contrast, Marshall County, Texoma’s second smallest county, was hit with three confirmed tornadoes. Receiving three separate tornadoes in such a small area is an astonishing statistic.
Eight tornado warnings were issued in Atoka County and seven tornado warnings were issued in Pushmataha County during 2022. With no confirmed tornadoes in either county, one can wonder why there were so many tornado warnings issued. The most likely explanation for this is poor radar coverage. With the nearest radar being roughly 100 miles away from either county, this poses a challenge for forecasters to determine whether a storm is tornadic or not.
494 severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Texoma during 2022. The highest number of warnings were issued in our National Weather Service Norman office region. Atoka, Johnston, Pontotoc, Carter, Stephens, and Garvin counties had over 30 warnings issued.
As we move full steam ahead into the height of the 2023 severe weather season, remember to stay weather aware! Keep your NOAA Weather Radio charged, as well as your cell phones. Also be ready to act when severe weather strikes.