Introduction to Tornadoes

The muggy, hot days of summer, the beautiful days of fall, and even the cold and wind of a winter sleet storm all seem tame when spring rolls around in Oklahoma. Our unpredictable spring weather can catch even the most seasoned Oklahoman off guard.

Temperatures in the 30s one day and 80s the next set the stage for very uncertain weather conditions. If you live in Oklahoma, you know that means tornado season.

Oklahoma, in the heart of "Tornado Alley,"  has experienced some of the largest and most destructive tornados ever recorded, including the mile-wide twister that cut a swath through Oklahoma City and the 
surrounding area May 3, 1999.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that in 2005, there were 975 confirmed tornadoes across the nation, resulting in 39 deaths. While only 15 of these were in Oklahoma, the NOAA states that we experience more significant tornadoes (F2-F5) than any other state in the country.

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