March through June are usually the months when tornadoes are the most active, but it’s not unheard of for a twister to hit in December—the likelihood is about 12 to 15 percent, though, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Still, last December saw 61 tornadoes strike eight states, including Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.

The reality is that tornadoes can materialize during any time of year, based on weather conditions. One of the biggest factors influencing recent increases in tornado activity is La Nina—a weather pattern that unfolds when water near the equator in the Pacific Ocean becomes cooler than normal and affects the trajectory of storm systems.

Last year the U.S. experienced a total of 1,376 tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). This past March set a record for the most tornadoes ever in that month with 293 touching down across the country.

What week is expected to be the peak of tornado season?

There tend to be sizeable daily increases in tornado activity in the month of April, but the month in which tornadoes are usually most active is May when the U.S. sees 22 percent of its yearly total of twisters, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. The seven-day average peak of tornado season is between May 19 and May 26 when nearly 6 percent of all recorded tornado reports typically occur.

What day is expected to be the peak of tornado season?

Historically, the day with the highest number of tornado reports is May 25. Between 1950 and 2020, there have been a total of 649 tornadoes that occurred on that day. In the future that date could change as updated data is added to the SPC’s database.

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