- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The first three months of 2016 were more active than usual in terms of severe weather in Mississippi.

Ed Tarver, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, tells The Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/1UU6zCw) the cause is due, in part, to warmer-than-usual temperatures.

Tarver said in addition to higher temperatures, the contrasting atmospheres and weather instability contributed to the numerous tornadoes documented in the state from January through March.

This year, Mississippi saw five tornadoes in January, 21 in February and seven in March.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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