Fall brings in second severe weather season of the year

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Fall is a favorite time of the year for many across the Wiregrass. Sweet relief from the heat finally rolls in, leaves change color and fall off the trees, not to mention pumpkin-spiced everything!

But those pleasant things could come with something not as nice: severe weather.

Like in the spring, warm and moist air over the southeast collides with cooler and drier air from the north. In the fall the jet stream can dig farther to the south, spilling in colder air from the north. Where these two air masses meet, thunderstorms can form.

Some of those storms could be strong to severe, bringing damaging winds, hail, and even tornadoes.

According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, November is the third most active month for tornadoes across the state of Alabama. While April is way ahead of the pack, November is a very close third to March--another time of the year where we see a transition of the seasons.

As this secondary severe weather season approaches, it's important to be ready well in advance. Have an emergency kit ready to go. Put new batteries in your NOAA weather radio, and make sure it is programmed properly. If you don't have a weather radio and can't buy one, make sure you have other ways to get warnings. Weather apps on your phone are a great alternative way to get warnings.