SCIENCE

What Data Tells Us About Tornadoes Across The States

Tornadoes hit Kansas the most on the 14th day of the month, Illinois on the 17th and Florida on the 24th

May 07, 2015 at 11:10 AM ET

Texas and Oklahoma may be hit by more tornadoes annually than other states on average, but when it comes to density Florida, Kansas and Illinois see the highest rate of twisters per 10,000 square miles, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The data, which tracked tornadoes from the start of 2010 to the end of last month, also shows that the weather phenomenon is most likely to touch down in Kansas and Illinois at 5 p.m. In Florida, tornadoes are most likely to strike at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Peculiarly, tornadoes hit Kansas the most on the 14th day of the month, Illinois on the 17th day of the month and Florida on the 24th day of the month. In the majority of states, tornadoes are most likely to touch down in the U.S. during the month of May.

Americans have seen this first hand. Less than a week into May the country is experiencing the true damage twisters can cause. On Wednesday, at least 39 tornadoes were reported to hit Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. All of these states fall in the infamous “Tornado Alley” a stretch of states frequently ravaged by tornadoes.

Read More:

U.S. Tornado Climatology (NOAA)
Midwest Reacts To Deadly Tornadoes (Vocativ)