Tornado Facts About Texas

Located in Tornado Alley and known for its abundant amount of twisters is Texas. Since it’s the largest state in the Alley and is the furthest south, there’s no wonder that Texas is a breeding ground for tornados. The wind flow is consistently changing, it’s largely flat and it has very high temperatures during the day. Unfortunately, it’s in the perfect location for getting the brunt of strong storms, which are fed by the Gulf of Mexico’s warm and moist air, Canada’s cool air and the Rockies’ dry air.

Here are some facts about the tornados that have affected residents in Texas:

  • 132 tornados on average each year.
  • Texas tornados occur most in the late spring and early summer months.
  • Occur most between 4 and 8 p.m.
  • 8,007 funnel clouds between 1951 and 2011.
  • 232 tornados recorded in 1967.
  • May has the highest amount of recorded tornados.
  • 27 tornados occurred on Dec. 29, 2009 – a rare happening for winter.
  • Ranked number one in the U.S. for the frequency of tornados.
  • Ranked number ten for frequency per square mile.
  • Cost of tornados per year and per person is $3.94.
  • 1953 marked one of the worst tornados – 114 fatalities and 597 injuries.

Because of the frequency in tornados, it’s best to look into taking some safety precautions. For instance, we have storm shelters and safe rooms for Texas residents that can be customized to fit your family’s needs.

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