With April 2012 quickly ticking away, its end on Monday at midnight will set a welcome precedent. For the first time since 2004, an April will pass in North Alabama with no recorded tornado touchdown. The forecast calls for no tornadic weather Sunday or Monday.
According to records at the Huntsville National Weather Service, every April since 2005 has had at least a minor tornado touchdown somewhere in the northern half of the state.
The past three Aprils in particular standout. On Good Friday in April of 2009, a tornado was on the ground for 30 miles through Marshall, Jackson and DeKalb counties. It did significant damage in all three counties, luckily no one was killed.
On April 24, 2010, a tornado touched down in Albertville. It too caused heavy damage to the town. The same tornado then moved into DeKalb County where it heavily impacted the town of Geraldine. This tornado also caused no fatalities.
Of course April 2011 really requires no explanation with dozens of tornadoes hitting the area, killing more than 200 people.
April 2004 had no tornado reports, only wind damage around Capshaw Road in Madison County.