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WFO Tulsa Area 1950-2018


Most Tornadoes in Year

Rank #Tornadoes Year
1 77 2011
2 53 1999
2 53 2008
4 43 2013
5 42 1957
5 42 1957
7 41 2010
8 40 2015
9 35 2017
10 33 2016
 

Fewest Tornadoes in Year

Rank #Tornadoes Year
1 1 1952
1 1 2002
3 3 1951
3 3 1963
3 3 1977
6 4 1950
6 4 1978
6 4 1987
9 5 1985
9 5 1988
 

Most Consecutive Days with Tornadoes

Rank # of Days Date # of Tornadoes
1 4 5 - 8 May 1961 10
2 3 22 - 24 May 2011 24
2 3 30 - 31 May - 01 June 2013 14
2 3 18 - 20 May 1960 11
2 3 22 - 24 April 2011 11
2 3 20 - 22 April 2004 9
2 3 29 - 30 April - 01 May 2012 9
2 3 27 - 29 April 1983 6
2 3 25 - 27 April 1994 6
2 3 17 - 19 April 1959 3

Most Tornadoes in 24hr Period

Rank #Tornadoes Date Time Period
1 25 14-Apr-2011 7 hrs 58 min
2 22 10-May-2010 3 hrs 27 min
3 22 26-27 April 2016 3 hrs 34 min
4 18 5-May-1960 7 hrs 45 min
5 17 4-5 May 1960 23 hrs 16 min
6 16 18-May-2017 2 hrs 21 min
7 15 10-May-2008 6 hrs 23 min
8 13 26-May-1997 3 hrs 02 min
9 13 20-May-2001 4 hrs 31 min
10 13 3-4 May 1999 14 hrs 44 min
 

Most Tornadoes in 48hr Period

Rank #Tornadoes Date Time Period
1 25 14-Apr-2011 7 hrs 58 min
2 22 10-May-2010 3 hrs 34 min
3 22 26-27 April 2016 3 hrs 27 min
4 19 18-May-2017 25 hrs 29 min
5 16 4-5 May 1960 2 hrs 21 min
6 15 10-May-2008 6 hrs 23 min
7 14 19-20 May 2013 25 hrs 57 min
8 13 26-May-1997 3 hrs 02 min
9 13 20-May-2001 4 hrs 31 min
10 13 3-4 May 1999 14 hrs 44

Most Tornadoes in a Month

Rank #Tornadoes Date
1 42 Apr-2011
2 39 May-2010
3 32 May-1960
4 28 May-2011
5 27 May-2013
6 26 May-2015
7 25 May-2008
8 22 April-2016
8 22 May-2017
10 20 May-2003
 

Most Tornadoes in a 7 Day Period

Rank #Tornadoes Date
1 35 10 - 16 May 2010
2 29 14 - 19 April 2011
3 26 20 - 24 May 2011
4 22 26 - 27 April 2016
5 19 4 - 5 May 1960
6 17 20 - 24 May 1957
6 17 7 - 10 May 2008
6 17 13 - 19 May 2010
9 16 18-May 2017
10 15 19 - 24 April 2011

County's Year(s) with Most Tornadoes

Eastern Oklahoma

County #Tornadoes Year(s)
Adair 3 1999/2008/2013
Cherokee 4 1995/2011
Choctaw 4 2016
Craig 4 1960/1973
Creek 7 1999
Delaware 13 2011
Haskell 4 2001
Latimer 4 2015
LeFlore 9 2011
McIntosh 10 2010
Mayes 6 2013/2017
Muskogee 5 1999/2017
Nowata 6 2012
Okfuskee 5 2010
Okmulgee 6 1997
Osage 9 2011
Ottawa 4 2015
Pawnee 3 1984
Pittsburg 9 1998
Pushmataha 8 2011
Rogers 6 2013
Sequoyah 6 1957
Tulsa 6 1960
Wagoner 5 2004/2017
Washington 4 2011
 

Northwest Arkansas

Rank #Tornadoes Date
Benton 5 1993
Carroll 1 Many
Crawford 3 2011/2018
Franklin 4 2001
Madison 2 1955/2008/2011/2013/2015
Sebastian 2 1954/1964/1990/1996/1998/1999
Washington 3 1976/2008

Latest Date of First Tornado

Tulsa CWA

Rank Date #Tors that Year
1 July 13 1952 1
2 June 7 1951 3
3 May 26 1963 3
4 May 19 1977 3
5 May 11 1992 20
6 May 10 2010 41
7 May 9 1989 12
8 May 7 1978 4
9 April 26 1971 16
10 April 21 1996 16
 

Eastern Oklahoma

Rank Date #Tors that Year
1 July 13 1952 1
2 June 7 1951 3
3 May 26 1963 3
4 May 23 1962 5
5 May 19 1977 2
6 May 11 1978 2
7 May 11 1992 20
8 May 10 2010 38
9 May 9 1989 11
10 May 6 1998 25
 

Northwest Arkansas

Rank Date #Tors that Year
1 16 yrs without a Tornado  
2 December 21 1967 1
3 December 14 1971 1
4 July 1 1972 1
5 June 12 1977 1
6 May 28 1982 2
7 May 20 2001 7
8 May 18 1989 1
9 May 16 2003 1
10 May 13 2010 4

Yearly Rank Tornadoes Occurring Each Month During Severe Season (March - June)

March April May June
Rank Tornadoes Year(s)
1 11 2000
2 7 2008
2 7 1999
2 7 1982
2 7 1961
6 6 2015
6 6 2006
6 6 1984
6 6 1954
10 5 2016p
Rank Tornadoes Year(s)
1 42 2011
2 22 2016
3 13 1957
4 11 1984
5 10 2012
6 10 2008
7 10 1996
8 10 1995
9 10 1994
10 9 2013p
Rank Tornadoes Year(s)
1 39 2010
2 32 1960
3 28 2011
4 27 2013
5 26 2015
6 25 2017
7 22 2000
8 20 2003
9 19 1999
10 17 1957
Rank Tornadoes Year(s)
1 11 1998
2 10 1974
3 9 1999
4 8 1973
5 7 1990
6 6 1993
7 6 1982
8 6 1970
9 5 1995
10 4 1997p
p=and previous years

Tornado Count for the Year 2019

2018 Tornado Map Journal
  • See link above for current year data

Tornado Count for the Year 2018

2019 Tornado Map Journal
  • 16 tornadoes (8 in Eastern Oklahoma, 8 in Northwest Arkansas, 0 crossed from Eastern Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas) - 5 EF0 , 8 EF1, and 3 EF2 (tornadoes with multiple ratings were counted with the highest rating)
  • 2 tornadoes in the month of January - One of which is the first tornado ever in the month of January for Franklin county Arkansas
  • 3 tornadoes in the month of May - Two were the first tornadoes of the year for Eastern Oklahoma which is the 6th latest first tornado for Eastern Oklahoma (tie breaker of time of day tornado occurred between May 19th 1977 puts May 19th 2018 in 6th place)
  • 5 tornadoes in the month of November - Two of which were the first tornadoes ever in the month of November for Sequoyah county Oklahoma - Two of which were the first tornadoes ever in the month of November for Crawford county Arkansas - One of which was the first tornado ever in the month of November for Adair and Delaware counties Oklahoma
  • Crawford county Arkansas tied for most tornadoes in a year with 3. This ties with the year 2011.
  • Sebastian county Arkansas tied for most tornadoes in year with 3. This ties 6 other years, the most recent being 1999.
 
 

Tornado Count for the Year 2017

2017 Tornado Map Journal
  • - 35 tornadoes (31 in Eastern Oklahoma, 5 in Northwest Arkansas, 1 crossed from Eastern Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas) - 3 EF0 , 27 EF1, 4 EF2 and 1 EF? (tornadoes with multiple ratings were counted with the highest rating) - This ranks 9th on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a year
  • - 16 tornadoes occurred May 16th in a span of 2 hours 21 mins (20:46 - 23:07) - This ranks 6rd on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a 24-hr period - This ranks 5rd on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a 48-hr period - This ranks 9th on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a 7-day period
  • - 16 tornadoes in the month of May - This ranks 10th on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a month - This ranks 7nd on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in the month of May
  • - 4 tornadoes in the month of August - This ranks 1st on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in the month of August (previous record was 3 in 1957 & 1959)
  • - 6 tornadoes occurred in Mayes county Oklahoma - This ties the record for number of tornadoes for Mayes county in a year (previous record was 6 in 2013)
  • - 5 tornadoes occurred in Muskogee county Oklahoma - This ties the record for number of tornadoes for Muskogee county in a year (previous record was 5 in 1999)
  • - 5 tornadoes occurred in Wagoner county Oklahoma - This ties the record for number of tornadoes for Wagoner county in a year (previous record was 5 in 2004)

 

 
 

Tornado Count for the Year 2016

2016 Tornado Map Journal
  • - 33 tornadoes (27 in Eastern Oklahoma, 7 in Northwest Arkansas, 1 crossed from Eastern Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas) - 6 EF0 , 23 EF1, 3 EF2 and 1 EF3 (tornadoes with multiple ratings were counted with the highest rating) - This ranked 9th on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a year
  • - 22 tornadoes occurred April 26-27th in a span of 3 hours 34 mins (20:44 - 00:18) - This ranked 3rd on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a 24-hr period - This ranked 3rd on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a 48-hr period - This ranked 4th on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a 7-day period
  • - 22 tornadoes in the month of April - This ranked 8th on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in a month - This ranked 2nd on the list for number of tornadoes for the CWA in the month of April
  • - 4 tornadoes occurred in Choctaw county Oklahoma - This broke the record for number of tornadoes for Choctaw county in a year (previous record was 3 in 1999)
 

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