JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippians are preparing for the tornado season to begin in November.
The Clarion-Ledger reports forecasters are looking at shifts in weather conditions - such as El Nino and La Nina - as indicators that this year's outlook could be quite unpredictable.
The 2015-2016 tornado season battered Mississippi, leaving 13 dead and 66 injured. Eleven of those fatalities and 56 of those injured occurred in a rash of tornadoes that hit the state two days before Christmas last year.
In 2015 alone, Mississippi was bombarded by 45 tornadoes. And Mississippi started 2016 with five tornadoes in January and 25 in February, which set a record.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Ed Tarver says Mississippi's tornado activity is usually focused in November, March and April.