Tornadoes - October 2014
NCDC transitioned to the nClimDiv dataset on Thursday, March 13, 2014. This was coincident with the release of the February 2014 monthly monitoring report. For details on this transition, please visit our public FTP site and our U.S. Climate Divisional Database site.
According to data from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, there were 69 preliminary tornado reports during October, compared to the 1991-2010 average of 61. Several small tornado outbreaks were reported during the month, but all of the tornadoes that occurred were categorized as weak (rated EF-2 or less). However, one tornado-related fatality was reported in Little River County, Arkansas, where an EF-2 tornado hit a mobile home on October 13th. The October 2014 tornado count brings the year-to-date preliminary number of tornadoes to 831. There were 687 confirmed tornadoes for January-July, with 144 tornado reports still pending for August–October. The 1991-2010 average number of tornadoes during the January-October period is 1,170. Depending on activity during the remainder of the year, the 2014 annual tornado count could be one of the lowest values of the past three decades