Spring 2013 started off quiet thanks to the harsh winter across
much of the United States.
tornado season started off slow, but by the end of April a large outbreak
occurred causing major damage from April 27-30. Numerous tornadoes ripped
across parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas,
Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida. A large, violent tornado struck Mayflower and
Vilonia, Arkansas, on April 27 causing severe damage. The tornado was rated a
high-end EF4, the first violent tornado of the year. Another tornado on the
28th occurred when an EF4 tornado struck Louisville, Mississippi. EF3s caused
major damage and fatalities in Coxey, Alabama and Tupelo, Mississippi as well.
Overall, this outbreak produced 80 tornadoes and killed 35 people.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor report, 37.3 percent of the
contiguous U.S. was in drought. In Texas, extreme and exceptional drought
coverage in the state is five times greater than at the start of the calendar
year. Drought conditions worsened in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. The long-
and short-term dry conditions across the Southern Plains and the West helped
fuel several large wildfires that threatened homes during May.