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WFO Tulsa Area 1950-2021


Most Tornadoes in Year

Rank #Tornadoes Year
1 77 2011
2 69 2019
3 53 1999,2008
5 43 2013
6 42 1957,1960
8 41 2010
9 40 2015
10 35 2017
 

Fewest Tornadoes in Year

Rank #Tornadoes Year
1 1 1952,2002
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 20 - 22 May 2019 32
3 3 22 - 24 May 2011 24
3 3 30 - 31 May - 01 June 2013 14
3 3 18 - 20 May 1960 11
3 3 22 - 24 April 2011 11
3 3 20 - 22 April 2004 9
3 3 29 - 30 April - 01 May 2012 9
3 3 27 - 29 April 1983 6
3 3 25 - 27 April 1994 6
3 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 22 22 May 2019 8 hrs 14 min
5 18 5-May-1960 7 hrs 45 min
6 17 4-5 May 1960 23 hrs 16 min
7 16 18-May-2017 2 hrs 21 min
8 15 10-May-2008 6 hrs 23 min
9 13 26-May-1997 3 hrs 02 min
10 13 20-May-2001 4 hrs 31 min
 

Most Tornadoes in 48hr Period

Rank #Tornadoes Date Time Period
1 29 20-22 2019 47 hrs 47 min
2 25 14-Apr-2011 7 hrs 58 min
3 22 10-May-2010 3 hrs 34 min
4 22 26-27 April 2016 3 hrs 27 min
5 19 18-May-2017 25 hrs 29 min
6 16 4-5 May 1960 2 hrs 21 min
7 15 10-May-2008 6 hrs 23 min
8 14 19-20 May 2013 25 hrs 57 min
9 13 26-May-1997 3 hrs 02 min
10 13 20-May-2001 4 hrs 31 min

Most Tornadoes in a Month

Rank #Tornadoes Date
1 50 May 2019
2 42 Apr 2011
3 39 May 2010
4 32 May 1960
 

Most Tornadoes in a 7 Day Period

Rank #Tornadoes Date
1 42 18 - 22 May 2019
2 40 20 - 26 May 2019
3 35 10 - 16 May 2010
4 29 14 - 19 April 2011
5 26 20 - 24 May 2011
6 22 26 - 27 April 2016
7 19 4 - 5 May 1960
8 17 20 - 24 May 1957
9 17 7 - 10 May 2008
10 17 13 - 19 May 2010

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 5 2019
Creek 7 1999
Delaware 13 2011
Haskell 4 2001
Latimer 4 2015
LeFlore 9 2011
McIntosh 10 2010
Mayes 8 2019
Muskogee 5 1999/2017
Nowata 6 2012
Okfuskee 6 2019
Okmulgee 6 1997
Osage 9 2011
Ottawa 4 2015/2019
Pawnee 3 1984
Pittsburg 9 1998
Pushmataha 8 2011
Rogers 6 2013
Sequoyah 6 1957
Tulsa 11 2019
Wagoner 7 2019
Washington 4 2011
 

Northwest Arkansas

Rank #Tornadoes Date
Benton 5 1993
Carroll 1 Many
Crawford 3 2011/2019/2021
Franklin 4 2001
Madison 2 1955/2008/2011/2013/2015
Sebastian 4 2019
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 30 2019 69
 

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 51 2019
2 39 2010
3 32 1960
4 28 2011
5 27 2013
6 26 2015
7 25 2017
8 22 2000
9 20 2003
10 19 1999
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 2021

2021 Tornado Map Journal
  • - 22 tornadoes ( 20 in Eastern Oklahoma, 4 in Northwest Arkansas, 2 crossed from Eastern Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas)
  • - 7 EF-?, 4 EF0 , and 11 EF1, (tornadoes with multiple ratings were counted with the highest rating)
  • - This is the 11th year where there were no F/EF2 or greater tornadoes, and it is the first time where this has happened in back to back years (2020-2021).
  • - 4 tornadoes in January
  • - All four in Nowata co. These are first tornadoes in Nowata co in January since 1950.
  • - 3 tornadoes in April
  • - 4 tornadoes in May
  • - 2 tornadoes crossed from E OK to NW AR
  • - 3 tornadoes in Crawford co AR, which ties with 2011 and 2018 for most tornadoes in a year for the county.
  • - 8 tornadoes in October
  • - These tornadoes set the record for most tornadoes in the month of Oct for the CWA. Previous record was 7 in 1991 and 1998.
  • - 7 tornadoes on Oct 10th over a period of 2 hrs and 44 min.
  • - 3 tornadoes in November

Tornado Count for the Year 2020

2020 Tornado Map Journal
  • - 22 tornadoes ( 19 in Eastern Oklahoma, 3 in Northwest Arkansas, 0 crossed from Eastern Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas)
  • - 4 EF-?, 5 EF0 , and 13 EF1, (tornadoes with multiple ratings were counted with the highest rating)
  • - 3 tornadoes in the month of January
  • - 2 tornadoes in the month of March
  • - 2 tornadoes in the month of April
  • - 13 tornadoes in the month of May
  • - 13 tornadoes in the month of May ties for 18th most tornadoes for a single month.
  • - 12 tornadoes occurred within a 7-day period May 22-28. This ties for 21st for tornadoes during a 7-day period.
  • - 2 tornadoes in the month of November

Tornado Count for the Year 2019

2019 Tornado Map Journal
  • - 69 tornadoes ( 62 in Eastern Oklahoma, 9 in Northwest Arkansas, 2 crossed from Eastern Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas)
  • - 8 EF-?, 18 EF0 , 38 EF1, and 5 EF2 (tornadoes with multiple ratings were counted with the highest rating)
  • - 38 EF1 tornadoes in a year sets the record for most EF1 tornadoes in a year. The previous record was 30 EF1 tornadoes in 2011
  • - 69 tornadoes for the year ranks 2nd most for the year. The record is 77 tornadoes in 2011.
  • - 13 tornadoes in the month of April
  • - April 30th is 9th latest first tornado of the year for the CWA. The previous 9th latest was April 26th 1971.
  • - The 13 tornadoes ties for 3rd most tornadoes for the month of April. It ties with 13 tornadoes in 1957.
  • - The 13 tornadoes on April 30 occurred in 9 hours 48 min. This ranks at 11th place in a 24-hr period.
  • - 50 tornadoes in the month of May
  • - 50 total tornadoes for the month of May. This sets the record for most tornadoes in the month of May. The previous record was 39 tornadoes in 2010.
  • - 50 tornadoes for the month of May. This sets the record for most tornadoes of any month. The previous record was 42 tornadoes in April 2011
  • - May 18th was the first tornado of the year for NW AR. This ties May 18th 1989 for the 8th latest first tornado for Northwest AR.
  • - 42 tornadoes during a 7-day period of May 18th through May 22nd. This sets the record for most tornadoes during a 7-day period. The previous record was 35 tornadoes May 10th through May 16th 2010.
  • - 40 tornadoes during a 7-day period of May 20th through May 26th. This is now the second most tornadoes during a 7-day period.
  • - During a 48 hour period, starting with the first tornado on May 20th (2005L) through 1952L on the 22nd of May, a total of 29 tornadoes occurred over a period of 47 hours and 47 minutes. This sets the record for tornadoes in a 48-hr period. The previous record was 25 tornadoes on the 14th of April 2011.
  • - 21 tornadoes occurred on May 22nd over a period of 8 hours and 14 minutes. This is the 4th most tornadoes within a 24-hr period.
  • - Tornadoes occurred for 3-consecutive days from May 20 to May 22 with 32 tornadoes. This sets the record for tornadoes occurring in a 3-day consecutive. The overall record is 4 consecutive days in Aug 5 - 8 1961 with 10 total tornadoes.
  • - 5 tornadoes in the month of October
  • - All occurring on October 20th.
  • - 1 tornado in the month of December
  • - Craig county sets the record for most tornadoes in year with 5. The previous record was 4 in 1960 and 1973.
  • - Mayes county sets the record for most tornadoes in year with 8. The previous record was 6 in 2013 and 2017.
  • - Okfuskee county sets the record for most tornadoes in year with 6. The previous record was 5 in 2010.
  • - Ottawa county tied for most tornadoes in a year with 4. This ties with the year 2015.
  • - Tulsa county sets the record for most tornadoes in a year with 11. The previous record was 6 in 1960.
  • - Wagoner county sets the record for most tornadoes in a year with 7. The previous record was 5 in 2004 and 2017.
  • - Sebastian county Arkansas sets the record for most tornadoes in year with 4. The previous record was 3 occurring in several years with the latest being 2018.

Tornado Count for the Year 2018

2018 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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