Lists of tornadoes and tornado outbreaks

These are some notable tornadoes, tornado outbreaks, and tornado outbreak sequences that have occurred around the globe.

  1. Exact death and injury counts are not possible; especially for large events and events before 1955.
  2. Prior to 1950 in the United States, only significant tornadoes are listed for the number of tornadoes in outbreaks.
  3. Due to increasing detection, particularly in the U.S., numbers of counted tornadoes have increased markedly in recent decades although the number of actual tornadoes and counted significant tornadoes has not. In older events, the number of tornadoes officially counted is likely underestimated.

By continent




North America


South America

Tornadoes by year

See List of tornado events by year

Currently 1950 - Present

Tornadoes by day of year

See List of tornadoes by calendar day

Tornadoes striking the downtown central business district of major cities

See List of tornadoes striking downtown areas of large cities

Tornadoes rated F5 and EF5

See List of F5 and EF5 tornadoes

Tornadoes causing 100 or more deaths

See: List of tornadoes causing 100 or more deaths

Tornado-related deaths at schools

See List of tornado-related deaths at schools

Tornadoes spawned by tropical cyclones

See List of tropical cyclone-spawned tornadoes

See also


  • Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991, A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. ISBN 1-879362-03-1
  • --- (1997). Significant Tornadoes Update, 1992-1995. ISBN 1-879362-04-X
  • --- (2001). The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-3258-2
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center / Storm Prediction Center. Storm Data.

External links

Significant events
Tornado event data
Weather data archives

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