As we head into severe weather season, there are two main things to keep in mind: what's coming, and where to go.
Todd Krause, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, told GoMN people should be aware of the forecast. In June and July, Minnesota can see as many as 15-16 days of severe weather, with severe weather alerts happening roughly every other day, Krause said. It can help if you have a few ways to get weather warnings.
Krause also said you should think ahead so you know where to go if severe weather hits – that's especially important if you're camping or driving.
There are about 1,200 tornadoes recorded in the U.S. every year, the weather service says. Tornadoes are the most common in Minnesota in June, July, and May, between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. – but remember, they can happen any time of the day or night, the Minnesota DNR says.
On average, Minnesota sees 36 tornadoes every year, the DNR notes.
According to the National Weather Service, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms every year worldwide – including about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone – roughly 10 percent of which reach the severe level.
Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer, during the late afternoon and evening in the Midwest.
For more information on how to be prepared for when severe weather strikes, click here.