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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1999

NEWS...
January Tornadoes Break National Records


Item #d99feb36

NOAA Press Release 99-R211 noted that a record-breaking 141 tornadoes struck Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee in January and that the 87 tornadoes that occurred on Jan. 21 were more than on any previous January day on record. With tornadoes hitting six other states earlier in the month, the total of 163 tornadoes dwarfs the previous January record of 52 set in 1975. A southerly flow of wind brought moisture to low altitudes that combined with a strong high-altitude pressure wave to cause the tornadoes. This combination is not usually seen until March or April. Tornado statistics are available on the Web at http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/.

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