A staggering tally of 86 midwinter tornadoes swooped over the nation`s midsection to claim 57 lives and cause more than $1 billion in damage on February 5-6, 2008.

The outbreak, sometimes known as the "Super Tuesday" outbreak for the election primaries with which it coincided, racked Arkansas, Tennessee, southeastern Missouri, western Kentucky, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama. What is more, damaging straight-line winds raked through the western and middle Ohio Valley.

The outbreak was set up by a southern Great Plains storm together with record-breaking warmth bathing the mid-South. Plentiful Gulf moisture ahead of the storm`s trailing cold front rounded out the volatile severe weather setup.

In the end, it serves as a reminder that no season is altogether free of the possibility of tornadoes and the threat they pose to life and property, at least in the south central and southeastern United States.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews.