How Many Tornadoes Does Your State Average Each Year?
A heavy outbreak in tornadoes over the last month has set records and left scars throughout numerous areas of the United States.
Following 7 years of below-average numbers in the United States, the Associated Press reported that the record for consecutive days with at least 8 tornadoes mercilessly ended last week at 13 days.
Due to collision boundaries where cold, polar air meets warmer, subtropical air, the middle latitudes (between 30 and 50 degrees North or South of the equator) are the most vulnerable to tornadoes. In terms of numbers alone, the United States has more tornadoes each year, averaging over 1,000 annually. Thankfully, around 77% of U.S. tornadoes are considered weak, and about 95% are below EF-3 intensity. Only 0.1% of all tornadoes achieve EF-5 status with winds over 200 mph. No matter the intensity, however, numerous lives are affected each year.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), these are the states with the most tornadoes on average:
Most Tornadoes Per Year
1. Texas (155)
2. Kansas (96)
3. Florida (66)
4. Oklahoma (62)
5. Nebraska (57)
6. Illinois (54)
7. Colorado (53)
8. Iowa (51)
9. Minnesota (45)
Please take a minute to pray each day for those affected by natural disasters.