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April sets weather records

Posted On Tue, May 10, 2011

Weather-wise, April is often one of the more uneventful months. But that wasn't the case this year. In fact, it was one of the most historic months of them all.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently put together a list of some of the most significant weather happenings across the country last month. For instance, people who live near the Ohio River Valley experienced their wettest April ever, while Texans endured the fifth driest April on record. The NOAA reports that 94 percent of the Lone Star State was in the D2 or D4 category. D4 is the highest designation there is for drought severity.

Meanwhile, the South was battered by tornadoes, as the NOAA reports the number of confirmed twisters may surpass the all-time monthly record of 542, set back in May of 2003.

All told, the NOAA concludes that April was the 39th warmest and 10th wettest month on record.

As difficult as the month of April was for homeowners, May could be even worse, as climatologists say it's traditionally the busiest month for tornado activity. Homeowners may want to review their home insurance policy in light of this fact to make sure they have the protection they need in the event of an environmental catastrophe.

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