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Tennessee Tornadoes 1950 to 2018


Tennessee Tornado Totals by Year

Year TN Total Tornadoes West TN Middle TN East TN
2021 (as of 4/9/2021) 10 5 4 1
2020 (click here for list of 2020 tornadoes) 35* 9* 21* 6
2019 20 6 11 3
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 9 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 35 9 18 8
1994 27 16 6 5
1993 10 1 3 6
1992 8 3 5 0
1991 14 7 7 0
1990 8 6 1 1
1989 13 10 1 2
1988 10 8 2 0
1987 1 1 0 0
1986 5 1 2 2
1985 9 2 6 1
1984 31 9 20 2
1983 6 1 2 3
1982 7 4 2 1
1981 8 4 3 1
1980 17 2 8 7
1979 6 4 2 0
1978 9 7 2 0
1977 14 4 3 7
1976 9 4 3 2
1975 14 7 4 3
1974 42 1 24 17
1973 21 10 9 2
1972 11 4 6 1
1971 20 11 9 0
1970 17 12 5 0
1969 2 1 1 0
1968 12 6 6 0
1967 13 10 1 2
1966 6 1 5 0
1965 12 1 7 4
1964 7 4 2 1
1963 12 1 7 4
1962 1 1 0 0
1961 3 1 2 0
1960 2 0 2 0
1959 3 2 1 0
1958 2 1 1 0
1957 18 9 8 1
1956 9 2 7 0
1955 14 1 9 4
1954 2 2 0 0
1953 14 11 1 2
1952 16 7 8 1
1951 2 0 2 0
1950 3 2 1 0
* 1 tornado crossed from West into Middle Tennessee and is counted in both regions
AVERAGE TORNADOES 1995-2020 30 per year 7 per year 17 per year 6 per year
AVERAGE TORNADOES 1950-2020 18 per year 5 per year 9 per year 3 per year
TOTAL TORNADOES 1950-2020 1262 tornadoes 381 tornadoes 638 tornadoes 243 tornadoes

 


Tennessee Tornado Deaths

Year TN Total Tornado Deaths West TN Middle TN East TN
2020 27 1 24 2
2019 0 0 0 0
2018 1 0 1 0
2017 0 0 0 0
2016 2 0 0 2
2015 2 0 2 0
2014 2 0 2 0
2013 0 0 0 0
2012 3 0 3 0
2011 32 0 1 31
2010 0 0 0 0
2009 2 0 2 0
2008 28 6 22 0
2007 0 0 0 0
2006 34 24 10 0
2005 0 0 0 0
2004 1 0 1 0
2003 12 11 1 0
2002 17 2 8 7
2001 3 2 1 0
2000 1 0 1 0
1999 12 9 3 0
1998 7 2 4 1
1997 2 1 1 0
1996 0 0 0 0
1995 3 0 3 0
1994 5 4 0 1
1993 1 0 0 1
1992 1 1 0 0
1991 5 4 1 0
1990 0 0 0 0
1989 1 0 1 0
1988 6 5 1 0
1987 0 0 0 0
1986 0 0 0 0
1985 0 0 0 0
1984 1 1 0 0
1983 0 0 0 0
1982 0 0 0 0
1981 0 0 0 0
1980 0 0 0 0
1979 2 0 2 0
1978 0 0 0 0
1977 0 0 0 0
1976 0 0 0 0
1975 3 2 1 0
1974 46 1 38 7
1973 1 0 1 0
1972 0 0 0 0
1971 6 3 3 0
1970 3 0 3 0
1969 0 0 0 0
1968 4 4 0 0
1967 2 1 0 1
1966 0 0 0 0
1965 1 0 1 0
1964 0 0 0 0
1963 4 3 0 1
1962 0 0 0 0
1961 0 0 0 0
1960 0 0 0 0
1959 0 0 0 0
1958 0 0 0 0
1957 0 0 0 0
1956 3 3 0 0
1955 0 0 0 0
1954 0 0 0 0
1953 4 0 0 4
1952 78 72 6 0
1951 0 0 0 0
1950 9 9 0 0
 
AVERAGE TORNADO DEATHS 1950-2020 5 per year 2 per year 2 per year 1 per year
TOTAL TORNADO DEATHS 1950-2020 375 171 148 58

 

Tennessee Tornadoes

 

Largest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
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 24 EF2 3 0
3 April 27, 2011 23 EF3 2 0
4 May 6-7, 1984 18 F2 3 0
5 May 18, 1995 15 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

 

Deadliest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
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 March 2-3, 2020 25 3
7 February 5-6, 2008 22 1
8 March 14, 1933 15 1
9 March 21, 1932 12 4
10 April 5, 1936 11 3

 

Deadliest Individual Tornadoes in Middle Tennessee
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 March 3, 2020 Putnam EF4 19
7 April 29, 1909 Hickman/Maury/Williamson F3 17
8 March 14, 1933 Davidson F3 11
9 April 3, 1974 White/Putnam/Overton F4 10
10 April 18, 1877 Lewis/Maury/Williamson/Davidson/Rutherford F4 10

 

Winter (DJF) ENSO Status vs. Deadliest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
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 March 2-3, 2020 25 Neutral
7 February 5-6, 2008 22 La Niña
8 March 14, 1933 15 Neutral
9 March 21, 1932 12 La Niña
10 April 5, 1936 11 Neutral