How many tornadoes have occurred in the US?
- Since 1950, the US has recorded more than 57,000 tornadoes. However, since we missed many of the weaker ones, the number is probably closer to 80,000.
Tornadoes occur in many areas around the world by no region experiences more tornadoes than the central United States. No one really knows for sure how many there are in the US each year, but it is estimated that over 1,000 tornadoes occur each year in the US, although many go undetected and unreported.
It is impossible to determine an exact number. Record outside the U.S. are too incomplete to give any sort of answer. In the US there have been 1302 tornadoes recorded in December in the years 1950-2013. The actual number is likely higher since many of the less significant tornadoes before the 1980s and 1990s were missed.