Are we seeing tornadoes occurring more frequently outside typical severe season months?
Tornadoes and severe storms are not exclusive to the spring.
"Mother nature doesn't look at the calendar," said John Knox, associate professor of Geography at the University of Georgia. "If all the ingredients are present: the lift, the instability, the moisture, that helps the instability and the vertical wind shear; then we could have tornados anytime those ingredients are present.
Research conducted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill shows most severe storms happen during the spring storms. However a number of tornadoes occur outside "severe weather season," such as in January.
"It does feel like we're having more outbreaks in January but that has been proven conclusively," Knox said.
National Weather Service statistics show the number of January tornadoes nationwide has fluctuated over recent years, averaging about forty two tornadoes a year.
Editor's Note: This story was originally reported on Grady NewSource in February of 2013