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Tennessee Tornadoes 1950 to 2018

Total Tennessee Tornadoes by Year
(includes West TN, Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties in Middle TN, & East TN)
Year Tennessee Total Tornadoes West Tennessee Middle Tennessee East Tennessee
2019 (as of 3/23/2019) 3 1 2 0
2018 25 6 17 2
2017 34 10 23 1
2016 11 4 4 3
2015 19 4 14 1
2014 24 3 10 5
2013 47 3 36 3
2012 26 2 14 10
2011 106 6 38 62
2010 33 10 13 10
2009 46 7 24 15
2008 43 16 26 1
2007 10 0 6 3
2006 25 11 14 0
2005 20 7 13 0
2004 16 5 8 3
2003 50 21 27 2
2002 26 8 11 7
2001 14 4 9 1
2000 23 3 17 3
1999 23 11 12 0
1998 35 5 26 4
1997 27 6 15 6
1996 14 3 9 2
1995 37 9 20 8
AVERAGE 1995-2017 31 per year 7 17 7

 

Tennessee Tornadoes 1950 to 2015

 

Largest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date # of Tornadoes Max F/EF Rating # of Max Rated Tornadoes Deaths
1 April 3, 1974 24* F4 5 38
2 January 30, 2013 25 EF2 3 0
3 April 27, 2011 23 EF3 2 0
4 May 6-7, 1984 18 F2 3 0
5 May 18, 1995 16 F4 1 3
6 February 5-6, 2008 14 EF3 1 22
7 May 4-5, 2003 14 F3 1 0
8 November 15, 2005 13 F2 4 0
9 April 16, 1998 13 F5 1 4
10 May 23-27, 2000 11 F3 1 0
* several weak tornadoes very likely not recorded in total number of tornadoes

 

Deadliest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date Deaths # of Deadly Tornadoes
1 April 29, 1909 62 6
2 April 3, 1974 38 8
3 May 9-10, 1933 37 2
4 November 20, 1900 36 2
5 March 18, 1925 34 3
6 February 5-6, 2008 22 1
7 March 14, 1933 15 1
8 March 21, 1932 12 4
9 April 5, 1936 11 3
10 March 13, 1913 11 3

 

Deadliest Individual Tornadoes in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date Counties F/EF Rating Deaths
1 May 10, 1933 Overton/Pickett F4 35
2 April 29, 1909 Giles/Lincoln F4 31
3 March 18, 1925 Sumner/Macon TN & Allen/Barren/Metcalfe KY F4 29 TN / 12 KY
4 November 20, 1900 Maury F4 27
5 February 5-6, 2008 Sumner/Trousdale/Macon TN & Monroe/Cumberland KY EF3 22
6 April 29, 1909 Hickman/Maury/Williamson F3 17
7 March 14, 1933 Davidson/Wilson/Smith F3 15
8 April 3, 1974 White/Putnam/Overton F4 10
9 April 18, 1877 Lewis/Maury/Williamson/Davidson/Rutherford F4 10
10 November 20, 1900 Williamson/Davidson/Rutherford F3 9

 

Winter (DJF) ENSO Status vs. Deadliest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date Deaths Winter DJF ENSO Status per data from ESRL
1 April 29, 1909 62 La Niña
2 April 3, 1974 38 La Niña
3 May 9-10, 1933 37 Neutral
4 November 20, 1900 36 El Niño
5 March 18, 1925 34 La Niña
6 February 5-6, 2008 22 La Niña
7 March 14, 1933 15 Neutral
8 March 21, 1932 12 La Niña
9 April 5, 1936 11 Neutral
10 March 13, 1913 11 Neutral