Tornado warnings outpace tornadoes by about 2.5 to 1. But where are they most common year-to-year?
Events throughout the course of the year that feature 20 or more confirmed tornadoes.
With more than 65 years of tornado records, we have a good idea of when activity is most and least likely.
Getting a true sense of the current year’s tornado activity has typically been something of an educated guessing game. We’re going to try to change that.
When it comes to tornadoes throughout the year, it’s usually a matter of how many occur and where they happen. These maps give you all the details.
EF3+ tornadoes, often referred to as “intense,” make up less than 5 percent of all twisters in the United States. But they cause much of the destruction. Keep track of 2016’s as they occur.
Despite a near-normal heart of tornado season in 2015, it’s become another year remembered for its lack of activity.
Tornado territory begins to noticeably shrink as fall arrives across the country. Tropical systems can spell big trouble.
Best known for being a Category 5 monster that inundated New Orleans, five dozen twisters also scoured the landscape during Katrina.
The heart of tornado season is always in retreat by August. That said, it’s kind of like a quiet July given that most of the U.S. is open for business.
Tornado numbers begin their typical decline in July. It can be rapid some years, but given it’s the peak heating and thunderstorm season, twisters remain fairly common.
June is typically the final month of peak tornado activity in any given year. What it often lacks in huge outbreaks, it makes up in consistency of days with tornadoes.