Tornado data courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center. Map by Kathryn Prociv.

Halloween tornado data via the Storm Prediction Center. Click for larger. (Map by Kathryn Prociv)

From 1950-2012 there have been 54 confirmed tornadoes on Halloween Day.

Below are some quick facts about these extra-spooky tornadoes….

Halloween tornadoes by Fujita/Enhanced Fujita Scale:

  • F/EF0: 22
  • F/EF1: 17
  • F/EF2: 11
  • F/EF3: 3
  • Unknown: 1

The top-5 states that have seen the most tornadoes on Halloween:

  • Florida: 11
  • Kansas: 11
  • Texas: 10
  • Oklahoma: 8
  • Nebraska: 8

The year of the “greatest” Halloween tornado outbreak? 2000:

  • 17 tornadoes across Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. (Check out that classic trough!)
  • 30% of all Halloween tornadoes from 1950-2012 occurred on the 31st in 2000, including several strong tornadoes.
  • This was the last time there have been tornadoes on Halloween.

Is the Tampa, Florida area haunted by tornadoes on Halloween? Eight have occurred there on October 31 since 1950.

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B.A. and M.S. at Virginia Tech in geography with an emphasis in geospatial technology and meteorology. Meteorologist and contributor for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. See full bio.

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