- 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita loans to be forgiven
- State of Emergency expanded to cover 10 Mississippi counties; lingering arctic cold effects
- Consecutive below freezing temps; 2nd all-time on record in Jackson
- More typical El Nino pattern returns; warmer and wetter conditions ahead
- Mississippi capital city remains under a State of Emergency; arctic cold burst over 140 waterlines
- Mississippians among the survivers and missing of the Haiti Earthquake Disaster
- Haiti Earthquake Disaster; how much more can this island nation take?
- Arctic cold temps freeze and or burst over 105 Jackson waterlines; State of Emergency declared
- First 10 days of 2010 were the coldest first 10 days of any year on record in Jackson
- Longest period at or below 45 degrees in over 30 years in Jackson
- Deadly Cold Wave across the United States; at least 22 dead from exposure in 11 states
- Arctic cold becomes deadly in Mississippi; at least 2 confirmed dead from exposure
- Ice build-up on roadway leads to a deadly school bus vs car collision in Northern Mississippi
- Arctic cold air invasion with snow and or ice spans worldwide
- Frigid weekend; temperatures near or below freezing through early Sunday
- Minor to moderate accumulations of snow, sleet and ice over Northern Mississippi
- Winter Storm Warning & Winter Weather Advisories; dangerous travel on Thursday
- Frigid morning statewide; even colder temperatures expected in the coming days
- Very cold weather with flurries and or light snow; Hard Freeze Warnings
2009 was one of the calmest years for tornadoes in many years in the United States, but despite that, Mississippi still managed to see above average tornado activity.
The state averages 28 tornadoes per year but in 2009, 45 tornadoes were confirmed in the state. [40 EF-0, EF-1] 4 EF-2] 1 EF-3]
Most of those tornadoes came during the primary severe weather season in Mississippi, which is from March through early May.
April is historically the most active month for tornadoes with 265 confirmed since 1950, but in 2009, the most active month turned out to be May with 15 tornadoes confirmed.
November which is historically the 3rd most active month for tornadoes with 206 confirmed tornadoes since 1950 remained quiet with no reports of tornadoes.
The most significant tornado occurred on March 28th, when a long tracked EF-3 tornado tore a 17.5 mile path across Simpson and Smith Counties, injuring over 25 people and damaging and destroying over 60 homes and businesses.
Sadly the state recorded its first tornado fatality in 4 years from a relatively rare tornado in the month of October.
Also, three rare tornadoes were confirmed in Northern Mississippi during the month of July, which is the least active month for tornadoes in the state with only 31 confirmed since 1950.
While 2009 was a above average year, the tornado activity was down significantly from the previous year when a record number of tornadoes (109) were confirmed in the state.
2009 marked the 6th year during this past decade when the number of tornadoes were well above average.
Only 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2007 were near or around the average of 28 tornadoes.
Mississippi ranked in the top 10 states for tornadoes in 2009, which is not that significant considering how calm of a year it was overall around the nation.
Below are the top ten states and the number of confirmed tornadoes according to the Storm Prediction Center.