Tornadoes

TORNADOES

Tornadoes are more common in the United States than in any other country or state…averaging 1,375 a year. April, May and June are historically the most active for severe weather and tornadoes, with an average of 660 twisters spinning up within that three-month window. By the end of March, 2023, the U.S. had already been struck with 180 tornadoes. Alabama experienced the most, followed by Georgia, Louisiana & Texas. Mississippi (closely followed by Texas) took the most hits in 2022, according to NOAA. Texas, since 1997, has also averaged 135 per year, mainly in April, May & June.

  • Where are the most tornadoes in the U.S?
    Most often in the midwest's“tornado alley” (which runs through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota) and “dixie alley".
  • How does global warming increase tornado activity?
    Instability occurs when warm, moist air is wedged under drier, cooler air aloft. This warm air rises, causing the intense updrafts and downdrafts seen in strong thunderstorms— the incubators of tornadoes.
  • What states have never had a tornado?
    Alaska, Rhode Island and Washington
  • What are the top 10 worst tornadoes ever to occur in the U.S?
    The 25 deadliest tornadoes date back to 1840. NOAA has a list here and a brilliant list of FAQs here.

CREDIT: Wikipedia

CURRENT NEWS

From Texas to Michigan, a Punishing Month of Tornadoes

By Mitch Smith and Judson Jones 06/02/24
May was a brutal month for severe weather in the United States. More than 500 tornadoes were reported, the most of any month in at least five years, uprooting homes and disrupting lives in cities…
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Thousands of Americans without power due to severe weather

By Holly Honderich 05/29/24
Nearly 200,000 people across several American states remain without power after an onslaught of deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms.
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Why this tornado season has been so unusual — and it’s not even halfway over

By Matthew Cappucci and Ian Livingston 05/29/24
Swarms of tornadoes have been tearing across the United States for nearly a month straight, keeping meteorologists and the public on guard for weeks. It’s been the most active May for severe weather since 2011…
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At least 15 killed in severe storms in Texas, Arkansas and other states

By Ben Brasch and Others 05/26/24
Severe tornado-spawning storms tore through the south-central United States overnight Saturday, killing at least 15 people.
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At least 7 now dead following devastating Houston storms, disaster declaration issued

By John Wayne Ferguson and Sam Gonzalez Kelly 05/17/24
A severe thunderstorm left a trail of destruction through the Houston region Thursday evening after torrential rain and high winds resulted in at least seven deaths. The storm left nearly a million people without power…
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In Photos: The Scene After Storms Caused Damage Across The U.S.

By Washington Post Staff 05/10/24
Dangerous storms crashed over parts of the South on Thursday even as the region cleaned up from earlier severe weather that spawned tornadoes killed at least three people
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Powerful storms kill 3 as tornadoes tear through central and southeastern US

By Ed White, George Walker Iv And Joey Cappelletti 05/09/24
Severe storms tore through parts of the U.S. again Wednesday, spawning damaging tornadoes, producing massive hail, and killing two people in Tennessee and one person in North Carolina. A storm that rumbled across northeastern Tennessee…
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Tornadoes Are Coming in Bunches. Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out Why.

By Delger Erdenesanaa 05/08/24
Tornadoes tend to travel in packs these days, often with a dozen or more forming in the same region on the same day. On the worst days, hundreds can form at once.
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14 confirmed tornadoes from Texas to Florida amid severe storm warnings

By Leah Sarnoff and Melissa Griffin 04/12/24
Five states stretching from Texas to Florida have faced a severe weather and tornado outbreak this week, causing widespread damage. From late Tuesday night into Thursday evening, there have been 14 confirmed tornadoes throughout Texas,…
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Heavy snow in Great Lakes and flood risk in East as latest major storm continues

By Matthew Cappucci, Jason Samenow and Others 01/12/24
The week’s third major storm — and perhaps most powerful — is underway, sweeping from Arkansas on Friday morning to near Chicago in the afternoon and eventually northern Michigan on Saturday. The system is developing…
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Tornadoes, flash flooding reported as powerful storms move through southern New England

By Steve Bottari 08/18/23
The NWS confirmed tornadoes that a tornado touched down in North Attleboro and Mansfield, Massachusetts. Another tornado was confirmed in Weymouth. The NWS was assessing damage in Scituate, Rhode Island, to see if a tornado…
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Tornado Kills at Least 4 in Texas Panhandle Town

By Edgar Sandoval and Lucinda Holt 06/21/23
The Dollar General was a heap of splintered wood. A lone horse stood as if in shock next to a pile of debris. Entire blocks of the small Texas Panhandle town of Matador were completely…
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MORE NEWS

Tornado Hits Central Mississippi, Killing at Least 1

By Derrick Bryson Taylor   06/19/23  
At least one person was killed and 19 others were injured after a tornado slammed central Mississippi overnight and destroyed up to 30 structures, the authorities said.
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America’s Tornadoes Are Evolving, Fast

By Amanda Hoover   04/07/23  
The US is experiencing devastation from a flurry of tornadoes. At least five people died Wednesday when a tornado tore through southeastern Missouri. It followed six in New Jersey and one in Delaware that killed…
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Tornado deaths in 2023 are already more than double last year′s total

By Ian Livingston   04/06/23  
Tornadoes have taken a tragic toll on life and property this year, and most of the April-to-June peak period still lies ahead. About 60 people have died in tornadoes in 2023, nearly three times higher…
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Here’s what we know about how climate change is influencing tornadoes

By Scott Dance   04/02/23  
Scientists are investigating the role between climate change and tornadoes — and they suspect that these storms will become more frequent as the planet warms....
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The Gulf of Mexico is very warm. That could mean a bad tornado season.

By Matthew Cappucci   03/22/23  
Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico often enter the conversation during hurricane season, but they also play a role in tornado season each spring. Concern is growing for the potential impact that abnormally warm…
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