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Top 10 US States With the Most Tornadoes

Name the U.S. states that had the most tornadoes per year from 1991-2015.
Last updated: January 16, 2018
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State
146.7
Texas
92.4
Kansas
65.4
Oklahoma
54.6
Florida
54.6
Nebraska
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State
54.0
Illinois
49.5
Colorado
49.2
Iowa
47.1
Alabama
46.7
Missouri
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level 70
Sep 8, 2017
Would be interesting to see this as a greatest concentration of tornadoes quiz - Texas largely gets to the top because of it size.
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level 33
Jan 11, 2018
If Texas is at the top because of its size, then shouldn't a state like Kansas be at the bottom?
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level 67
Jan 12, 2018
No, because it has a high concentration of tornadoes
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level 74
Sep 19, 2017
I thought the same thing. For example, Indiana which only averages 24.6 per year averages 66/year/10,000 sq miles, whereas Texas averages 55/year/10,000 sq miles.
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level 46
Oct 16, 2017
I'm so glad that my state (Pennsylvania) isn't on this list. I often consider moving away when I'm done with college, but it seems like the places I would choose are all prone to natural disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes). I'm fascinated by tornadoes, but they are one of my greatest fears.
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level 52
Oct 16, 2017
I wouldn't worry about natural disasters. Obesity is more likely to kill you than a tornado, no matter where you live.
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level 67
Dec 18, 2017
I wouldn't quite say "no matter where you live". Pretty sure in Venezuela right now pretty much any natural disaster has a higher chance of killing you than obesity.
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level 53
Jan 11, 2018
Not on the top ten (Georgia) but probably pretty close: I've lived in this state for fourteen years, there've been three tornadoes even near me. Two were miles away, and the other had hours of advance warning. I wouldn't be too worried about tornadoes if I were you - at least not in the Southeast. The real danger is hurricanes, which is why I live up in the heights of the state rather than the vulnerable lowlands.
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level 31
Jan 12, 2018
people really dont care much about tornadoes, you could be practically under it and not really worry. Heck, a tornado once carried a BABY ten miles and it never woke up from its sleep.
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level 31
Jan 12, 2018
ive had 4 or 5 tornadoes close to my house
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level 55
Jan 12, 2018
I live in Indiana (not even top 10) and have known three people killed by tornadoes, two different tornadoes at that.
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level 14
Jan 12, 2018
I thought Idaho would be on this list.
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level 74
Jan 14, 2018
My state is on this list and we also live on top of an earthquake fault and yet my grandmother lived to be 104. I've been through several smaller tornadoes and I survived to become a gray-haired grandmother in spite of being in a car wreck in your state. Live where you want to live, just learn how to keep yourself as safe as possible and don't panic when things go wrong.
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level 74
May 10, 2018
I don't think there is anyplace in the USA or even the world for that mattter that is completely free from the threat of some kind of disaster whether natural or man made. All you can do is follow the old cliche - plan for the worst and hope for the best.
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level 68
Oct 27, 2017
came to this quiz thinking it said states with the most tomatoes
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level 65
Jan 11, 2018
so did i.
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level 67
Jan 11, 2018
Yep, I did that today as well.
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level 15
Jan 11, 2018
yep, same
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level 37
Jan 11, 2018
Especially because the picture looks like a tomato
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level 28
Jan 11, 2018
Here is a quiz for you
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level 65
Jan 11, 2018
suprised Florida is the least guessed since they had a big tornado pass last summer, it was all over the news!
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level 28
Jan 11, 2018
That was a hurricane.
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level 32
Jan 11, 2018
Mmmh, isn't a hurricane like a large-scale giant tornado? Think about it
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level 48
Jan 11, 2018
Tornadoes are not the same things as hurricanes, tornadoes are much smaller, concentrated, and are more damaging. Florida is known for waterspouts; weak tornadoes
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level 33
Jan 11, 2018
Also, hurricanes are much rainier than tornadoes
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level 63
Jan 11, 2018
I would've done better but I thought it said top ten states with the most tomatoes.
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level 67
Jan 11, 2018
So Florida, Alabama, and the middle of the country. I was actually surprised at Florida since they're more known for hurricanes.
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level 32
Jan 11, 2018
Hurricanes can yield a large amount of tornadoes. Florida also has a lot of strong thunderstorms during the summer, so tornadoes are more prone to form then. I had the opportunity to see a funnel cloud forming last October (I believe) near my home in central Florida. It was scary but so impressive!
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level 63
Jan 11, 2018
The Texas panhandle gets frontal systems and you’ll notice that North, Central, and the northern part of South Texas have periods of time when cold fronts come into warm areas during the Spring, especially. In addition to all of this, tornados are “spin-offs” of tropical storms/depressions that land along the Texas Bight or enter the state from systems that cross over from Mexico or Louisiana.
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level 66
Jan 11, 2018
Thanks for precising it is about US states...
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level ∞
Jan 11, 2018
You're welcome!
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level 65
Jan 12, 2018
Seriously, I think it should be specified in the title, or at the very least in the instructions. It's not only that state can be interpreted as sovereign country, but also that many other countries have states themselves.
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level 21
Jan 15, 2018
Sorry about that. Should be fixed now.
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level 70
Jan 11, 2018
A tornado recently hit Alabama and caused billions of dollars in improvements.
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level 44
Jan 11, 2018
I see what you did there :)
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level 34
Jan 12, 2018
Hmm... Florida.
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level 10
Jan 13, 2018
The reason Texas has the most tornados is because it draws warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and draws a lot of cold stream from nearby mountains.
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level 18
Jan 17, 2018
Oklahoma- where I live- is so prone for tornadoes us down here, and I kid you not, all of us have a safe room. Don't move here unless you can go underground.
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