66 tornadoes touched down across seven states and there were over 850 total severe weather reports, ranging from straight-line winds exceeding hurricane force to softball sized hail. Significant damages covered a nine-state region as a result of the combined storm activity. April is typically an active time for tornadoes in the U.S. and some of the nation’s worst tornado outbreaks have occurred in April, including the infamous Superoutbreaks of 1975 and 2011.
Typically, by this point there has been a bit more tornado activity, but the weather pattern that produced the perpetually crummy winter in parts of the U.S. also, for the most part, diminished the threat of severe weather during the first three weeks of March. Of course, that is no predictor of future activity… Now is definitely the time to start thinking about spring storms!