When is peak tornado season in North Carolina?
Tornado season for North Carolina peaks in April and May.
Tornado season has no defined beginning or end, but it generally lasts from spring to the beginning of summer, though it varies from year to year. In the U.S., which experiences the most tornadoes, this generally runs from March to June, peaking in May. Generally the highest activity shifts northward as the year progresses until summer. Southern states such as Alabama and Mississippi often peak in March and April while Oklahoma and Kansas usually peak…
Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain peak that belongs to the state of North Carolina. It's part of the Appalachian Mountains and it's also the highest peak of the eastern part of the United States. The mountain got its name from professor Elisha Mitchell, she was the one that in 1835 determined its height.
The damage severity in a tornado is determined primarily by wind speed. For example, a tornado with peak winds of 100 mph, even if it is very large, is not going to obliterate well built houses, thought it will cause severe roof damage. By contrast, even a relatively small tornado with peak winds of 250 mph can completely destroy just about any structure.
The largest tornado of 2008 in terms of path width, the standard measure of a tornado's size, occurred east of Pardeeville, Wisconsin on June 7. Despite only earning a rating of EF2, the multivortex tornado had a peak path width of 2 miles. The highest rated tornado, though not the largest, was the EF5 tornado that hit Parkersburg, Iowa and killed 9 people. It had a peak path width of 1.2 miles.