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2005 Tornado Season

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The severe storms which moved through the Ozarks last week were the first of the season. Tornado watches were in effect for part sof the K-S-M-U listening area, but no twisters were reported. While tornados can occur anytime of the year, the 3-month tornado season is upon us. K-S-M-U'S Katie Hummel files this report...

AS WINTER GIVES WAY TO SPRING, SPRING, INEVITABLY, GIVES WAY TO TORNADO SEASON.

DOUG KRAMER IS A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEROLOGIST BASED IN SPRINGFIELD.

HE DESCRIBES THE RECIPE FOR TORNADOS.

KRAMER SAYS WHILE TORNADOS ARE MORE PROMINENT IN APRIL, MAY AND JUNE, THEY CAN HAPPEN ANYTIME.

AND WHEN IT COMES TO TORNADOS SNEAKING UP ON US IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, KRAMER SAYS THERE IS NO BETTER WARNING SYSTEM THAN A NOAA WEATHER RADIO.

KRAMER SAYS NOAA RADIOS ARE AVAILBLE AT ELECTRONIC COUNTERS IN RETAIL STORES AND ARE ALSO AVAILBLE ONLINE.

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, IN MISSOURI IN 2003, SEVERE WEATHER CAUSED APPROXIMATELY $317 MILLION WORTH OF DAMAGES.

IN MAY OF THAT SAME YEAR, TORNADOS TORE THROUGH SOUTHWEST MISSOURI CAUSING SEVER DAMAGE IN PLACES LIKE STOCKTON, PIERCE CITY AND BATTLEFIELD.

ALSO IN '03, TORNADOS RESULTED IN 19 DEATHS IN MISSOURI ALONE.

BUT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEORLOGIST DOUG KRAMER SAYS TORNADOS ARE NOT THE MOST FATAL OF SEVERE WEATHER DISASTERS.

FOR MORE TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP SAFE DURING A TORNADO OR FLASH FLOOD, PLEASE VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE AT

N-W-S DOT N-O-A-A DOT GOV.