Madison, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The beautiful start to the work week was good news for those still cleaning up after a tornado touched down in Madison, N.J. Halloween night.Reaction Pours In To The Death Of Gen. Colin Powell
Roofs and cars crushed, trees twisted, splintered and tossed like pick-up sticks. Drone Force 2 captured the damage caused by tornadoes touching down in the Tri-State Area this year. Some were caught on camera, others sent folks running for cover.
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It has been an active year, especially in New Jersey. On average, the Garden State gets hit by two tornadoes a year. Not in 2019: We’re up to nine.
According to the New Jersey state climatologist, we are tied with 1987 for the second most in a year. The most active year was 1989, with 17, which included seven tornadoes on Nov. 16.
CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock spoke with local warning coordination meteorologists Nelson Vaz, from Upton, and Alex Staarmann from Mount Holly.
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Vaz blames a busy spring on a persistent weather pattern.
“A warm front would pretty much sit across that part of the area, and then along that, you had little disturbances that would work through,” Vaz said.
They boosted instability, enhancing the number of twisters in the Garden State.
On Halloween night, an intense storm carrying a lot of untapped energy, unleashed over Morris County.
Chopper 2 flew over Madison Monday morning to catch cleanup in action. From the ground, you can hear wood chippers putting in OT.
Murdock asked Staarmann if this season is indicative of what the future holds.
“No, not necessarily,” Staarmann said. “You can’t really relate an active severe weather year to anything really, at least not scientifically.”MORE NEWS: Trial Date Set For Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.
So, will next year be active too? We can’t say with certainty.