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Tornado Statistics for Alabama

The tornado statistics for the state of Alabama were compiled from a variety of sources including Storm Data published by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) using information prepared by National Weather Service (NWS) offices around the country, data from the Storm Prediction Center, and historical information found in Significant Tornadoes, 1680-1991 by Thomas P. Grazulis of The Tornado Project. This represents the best possible information to our knowledge.


Tornado Statistics for Alabama
1950 through 2003

Average number of tornadoes per year
 
23
Total tornadoes 1950 through 2003
 
1225
Greatest number of tornadoes in a year
 
55 in 2001
Smallest number of tornadoes in a year
 
2 in 1950
Greatest number of tornadoes in 24 hrs
 
36, Nov. 24-25, 2001
Average number of deaths
 
7
Average number of days with tornadoes
 
11

These numbers are based on reported tornadoes since 1950. Tornado statistics since 1950 are considered more complete than those prior to that date. Prior to 1950, data is good on major tornado events but many small tornadoes went unreported. Even today, some events may go undocumented because no property is affected or when larger, more devastating events overshadow smaller tornadoes with less damage.


Other Alabama Tornado Statistics

Alabama Tornadoes in 2003
By Month | By Hour | By Fujita Scale| By County

General Statistics about Alabama Tornadoes Since 1950
General Statistics | Tornadoes by Year
Tornadoes by Month | Tornadoes by Hour | Tornadoes by County

Alabama Tornado Records
Top 25 Tornadoes by Death, 10 Highest Years, 25 Longest Tracks
Tornadoes by State | Tornado Deaths by State