With early May being the peak of our usual severe weather season, I decided to take a look at how many Tornado Warnings have occurred in our area over the past decade or so.
The data shows all of the Tornado Warnings issued by National Weather Service Offices in Tulsa and in Little Rock; the two offices that issue for our viewing area.The totals include all of the warnings for their WFO (Weather Forecast Office) but also include warnings outside of our television market.
The data displayed is annual from January 1st to December 31st UTC time.
You can see the variation year-to-year.
A couple of interesting notes:
- Biggest Year: 2011 with 302 Tornado Warnings
- Lowest Year: 2014 with 52 Tornado Warnings
- Average # of Tornado Warnings: 114.8 (not including this year)
- 2011 was the deadliest tornado year in modern history, this is the year the Altus-Denning EF4 Tornado occurred and the same year that SIX EF5 tornadoes that destroyed nearby Joplin MO, Moore OK, Phil Campbell AL, Smithville MS, Fyffe AL, & Philadelphia MS.
- 2019 saw a repeated supercell outbreak in NE Oklahoma which eventually led to the severe flooding along the Arkansas River
2009: 89 Tornado Warnings
2010: 124 Tornado Warnings
2011: 302 Tornado Warnings
2012: 53 Tornado Warnings
2013: 113 Tornado Warnings
2014: 52 Tornado Warnings
2015: 120 Tornado Warnings
2016: 76 Tornado Warnings
2017: 100 Tornado Warnings
2018: 79 Tornado Warnings
2019: 155 Tornado Warnings
2020: 61 Tornado Warnings
This image shows all of the Tornado Warnings from 2009-2020. As you can tell, every location of our viewing area has been inside a Tornado Warning polygon at some point over the last decade.