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Primary severe weather season across the United States is considered to be in the spring (March-May), but did you know that Alabama also has a secondary severe weather season in the fall? Yes, it's true! Fall severe weather season in Alabama typically runs from the beginning of November until mid-December. Occasionally, it may begin in late October or last until late December. Just like in the spring, the severity of the fall season varies from year to year. However, the important thing to remember is that severe weather, including tornadoes, doesn't just happen in the spring. The information below will hopefully give you a better idea of just how common it can be across the state of Alabama during the fall months.


Alabama Fall Severe Weather Season Statistics:

Alabama Nov/Dec Tornado Statistics from 2001-2019
% of All Tornado Occurrances

21% (228/1072)

% of All Tornado-related Deaths

8% (24/317)

% of All Tornado-related Injuries

10% (280/2882)

  • From 1950 to 2018, Alabama had at least one documented tornado in the month of November or December in 71% (50/70) of the years.

*Statistics include April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.  If you remove that day's deaths, the percentage of deaths that occurred in November and December, between 2001 and 2019,  is around 30%.

Damage In Midfield (Jefferson Co) on Dec 25, 2015

Damage in Midfield (Jefferson County)
December 25, 2015

Severe weather statistics are not meant to put fear into the citizens of Alabama, but they do emphasize the need to be prepared. Preparation can and does make the difference between life and death.

  • Every home should have a Safety Plan, exercise it monthly.  Has anything changed in your household since Spring?  Now is the time to check your emergency supplies, and ensure your NOAA Weather Radio or other portable radio has fresh batteries.
  • ALL tornadoes should be considered dangerous.  Regardless of the strength, all tornadoes are capable of producing damage and causing injuries.
  • Most storm-related damage occurs with Severe Thunderstorm winds. Treat a Severe Thunderstorm Warning the same as you would a Tornado warning!
Severe Weather Awareness & Safety Information:

First and foremost, KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!! No matter what you have in your severe weather plan, it will never be complete until you can pinpoint your location on a map. Take a few moments NOW to learn some local geography so you can be more prepared when severe weather  strikes. Don't just stop at your home location, learn surrounding counties and communities. This extra bit of knowledge will help you determine if storms in other areas are heading your way.

To help you with this, we've put together a Story Map that highlights some information about each of the 39 counties in Central Alabama. It can be found here.

Knowledge is power, a power that could SAVE YOUR LIFE!!



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Severe Thunderstorms

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Receiving Alerts

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Safety Plan & Reporting

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Some events from years' past: 

In 2016, a robust & slow-moving system produced 11 tornadoes across Central Alabama on November 29-30.

In 2015, widespread flooding impacted Central Alabama during the period of December 23-25. In addition to the flooding, 4 tornadoes touched down on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In 2014, 5 tornadoes occurred across Central Alabama in the month of November. Three touched down on November 17th, with the remaining 2 occurring on November 23rd.

In 2012, 9 tornadoes touched down in the month of December. All but one occurred on Christmas Day as a deepening surface low moved across the area.

In 2011, 4 tornadoes occurred on November 16, and though December 22 is technically winter, 6 late season tornadoes formed on this day.

In 2010, several weak tornadoes occurred in late November.  (click for summary)

In 2009, only one tornado was recorded in Central Alabama. (click for summary)

In 2008, 3 tornadoes formed in Central Alabama.  (click for summary)

In 2007, Central Alabama experienced 3 relatively rare October tornadoes in Hale, Bibb and Lowndes Counties.
click for summary)

In 2006, 4 tornadoes occurred on November 30th during a very unique severe weather episode across parts of West Central Alabama.
(click for summary)

In 2006, 8 tornadoes, including the FunZone F-2 tornado in Montgomery, occurred on November 15th across Central Alabama.  (click for summary)

In 2005, 6 tornadoes occurred on November 28th across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2004, 21 tornadoes, including 16 across Central Alabama, and widespread wind damage occurred during the early morning hours of November 24 as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through.     (click for summary)

In 2003, a significant line of thunderstorms plowed through Alabama on November 18, which resulted mainly in significant straight-line wind damage. Two F1 tornadoes touched down near Tuscaloosa and Oakman. (click for summary)

In 2002, the infamous Veteran's Day Tornado Outbreak brought 11 tornadoes to parts of North and Central Alabama.  Two F3 tornadoes occurred across Fayette, Walker, and Winston Counties. (click for summary)

In 2001, the 3rd largest tornado outbreak in Alabama's recorded history occurred on November 24, 2001 as 36 tornadoes occurred during a 24-hour period. (click for summary)

In 2000, an F4 tornado occurred near Tuscaloosa with the December 16 outbreak of 12 tornadoes across Alabama. (click for summary)

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