Storms and tornadoes in the United States to start the year 2023 04/01/2023

Tornado in Maroa, Illinois on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 – photos via Nick C.

At the start of 2023, several virulent thunderstorms hit the United States. Tornadoes were observed, causing damage in several municipalities.

Twenty tornado reports!

In the United States, the year 2023 got off to a flying start in terms of tornadic activity! After making headlines at the end of December for a flow of polar air, the country is witnessing virulent storm bursts at the start of the year. On the days of Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 January 2022 alone, the American meteorological organization counted 20 return reports (red dots on the map) on its territory! The strongest thunderstorms affected eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. They reached the southeastern states this Wednesday, January 4.

Reports of violent phenomena in the USA on January 2 & 3, 2023 (red = tornado, green = hail, blue = gusts) – via NOAA

The state of Illinois was one of the hardest hit. On Tuesday, January 3, 2023 alone, the official weather services recorded 6 tornado reports in this state alone! Most of the activity was concentrated east of the city of Springfield where several tornado hunters managed to intercept the vortex phenomena. The images below were taken near the small town of Maroa.

Tornado in Maroa, Illinois on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 – photos via Nick C.

Several municipalities suffered significant damage from the passage of the tornadoes, although these mainly affected sparsely populated areas. The small village of Montrose in Arkansas, populated by just 243 people, was unlucky. It was hit by a tornado on the night of January 3, 2023, which destroyed several homes as shown in the image below. The tornado crossed the main arteries of the small town.

Tornado damage in Montrose, Arkansas on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 – via Jordan Hall

Note that if the tornado season is accentuated especially in the spring, it is still not uncommon to observe them in January in the southeastern states, when the warm and humid air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico collides with cold air masses from the north.

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