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When is and what does tornado season in Kansas entail?

6News meteorologist Tim Reith said tornadoes can occur any time between late April and mid-September. But generally, early May to June is the peak time for tornadoes in Kansas because of the fluctuation in the atmosphere with the Polar air mass moving to the north and the Maritime air mass to the south moving into the area. The dynamics in the higher atmosphere are more favorable for tornadoes to form then, while Saturday's rain storm involved activity lower in the atmosphere, Reith said. Later in the summer, conditions are less favorable for tornadoes but still can happen.


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