11/15/08 175 W - + 11 - 10 North Carolina Tornadoes, 1950-2007

From the impressive Tornado History Project site, here are some stats on severe weather in our state. Their database has recorded 1,000 tornadoes in North Carolina between May 12, 1950 and September 14, 2007. The most active to least active months have been May (182), Apr (115), Jun (113), Mar (110), Sep (101), Jul (99), Aug (99), Oct (59), Nov (50), Feb (37), Jan (24), and Dec (11). Eastern counties have had the most activity: Carteret (56), Onslow(39), Dare (34), Robinson (34).

The casualties during this period were 111 fatalities and 2,490 injuries. The fatal storms numbered 35 and occurred between 1955 and 2007. Half of the state's 100 counties have experienced tornado fatalities, with highest number of fatal storms in Cumberland (6), Robeson (5), and Sampson (5) counties. The deadliest year was 1984, with 51 killed (and 1,024 injured) on March 28. There were 14 tornados across 20 counties on that day. The next deadliest years were 2006 (9), 1989 (7), and 1974 (7). The deadliest months were March (57), November (15), and April (13).

One disclaimer worth noting. This blogger is not a statistician, nor plays one on television. I do have vivid memories of before and after the North Raleigh tornado of 1988, however. Read about the 1984 tornado outbreak that struck the Carolinas.

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