averages almost 50 tornadoes a year
Nebraska Tornado Data Table
* Nebraska's most
number of tornadoes was 110 in 2004
* Nebraska's peak
month for tornadoes is June, May is 2nd.
* May and June
account for 63% of all of our tornadoes.
* May, June and
July account for 77% of all of our tornadoes.
* There have been
115 Nebraska tornado fatalities since 1916.
* Every decade in
the 1900's had tornado fatalities, but not the 1990's!
* There were no
tornado fatalities in Nebraska from 1987 until June 2003 when two
* ALL 93 Nebraska
counties have been visited by tornadoes since 1950.
* Hall County's
tornado density is 4 times greater than the state average and
greater than the average for the Omaha and Lincoln areas.
* Most tornadoes
from one storm, 7 in Grand Island, June 3, 1980.
* Nebraska has
had reported tornadoes in every month but February.
* Omaha May May
5, 1975 and Grand Island June 3, 1980 are ranked 2nd &
9th in U.S.
top 10 most costly tornadoes.
* Over 50% of our
tornadoes occur between 4 PM and 8 PM.
* Nebraska had
its first confirmed tornado between 8 AM and 9 AM in Nebraska in Year
* Nebraska is
ranked 5th in the U.S. for total number of tornadoes.
* Nebraska is
ranked 23rd for number of tornado fatalities and 24th for number of
* May 2006 was
the first May since 1981 to NOT have any reported tornadoes.
* A tornado
can move in any direction, slow or fast and even remain stationary.
have occurred in all 50 states (including Alaska!).
* The U.S.
has a higher tornado density than any where else in the world.
* The Great
Plains leads the U.S. in number of tornadoes.
* There are
TWO major tornado alleys in the U.S. (Northeast Texas,
Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Northeast Texas,
Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida).
have occurred on all continents except Antarctica.
have occurred on everyday of the year in the U.S. except on January 16.
* The U.S.
peak in tornadoes occurs in May
months for tornadoes: TX (April-May), KS (May), ND (July-Aug.).
tornado season peaks in Winter in Southern California.
* The most
violent tornadoes in the U.S. occur in Spring (especially April).
* The month
with the least number of tornado deaths is July.
of tornado fatalities occur in mobile homes.
homes do not attract tornadoes, they are just extremely vulnerable
to high winds.
* 27% of
tornado fatalities occur in permanent homes and 11% in vehicles.
deadliest U.S. tornado year since 1950 was in 1953 with 519 deaths.
* There were
only 130 U.S. tornado deaths in 1998 and 95 U.S. tornado deaths in 1999
showing the value of the current warning system.
* The safest
location in a tornado occurrence is inside, lowest possible level,
windows where you live if a tornado is approaching will NOT reduce
* Do not
seek shelter under highway overpasses, risk of injury and death is
there. If daytime, and if possible, drive away from the tornado