A Look at this Year’s Tornado Count Across Central Alabama

| May 15, 2017 @ 5:30 am

There have been 35 tornadoes across Alabama so this year, including 27 in the area served by the National Weather Service in Birmingham. Those tornadoes have occurred on 5 days.

The ten year average for annual tornadoes in the state is 63. That number drops to 44 if you consider the 30 year average. The ten year average is inflated because of the 145 tornadoes that occurred in 2011, the most ever.

The 27 tornadoes across Central Alabama is very close to the 20 and 30 year averages of 30 and 23 respectively.

Nationally, the running total of tornado reports through yesterday is 727. This is higher than the ten year average of 613.

It is well below the 968 observed at this point in 2008, which would go on to be the most profilic year for tornadoes in the United States (2194). We are also behind the 1070 observed in 2011, which would go on to be the second most prolific tornado year in U.S. history with 1897 reports. This data comes from the SPC WCM page.

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