Tornadoes - October 2015

NCEI added Alaska climate divisions to its nClimDiv dataset on Friday, March 6, 2015, coincident with the release of the February 2015 monthly monitoring report. For more information on this data, please visit the Alaska Climate Divisions FAQ.

This analysis is based on preliminary data available from the Storm Prediction Center. Final tornado counts published by the Storm Prediction and NCEI's Storm Events Database might differ from this report. For a more detailed climatology, please visit our tornado climatology page.

According to data from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, during October 2015, there were 40 preliminary tornado reports compared to the 1991-2010 average of 61. Twenty-six of those were reported across eastern Texas and southern Louisiana and Mississippi on October 30th and 31st as a strong cold front moved through the area. All of the tornadoes were weak with only minor damage reported and no fatalities or injuries. For the January-October period there have been 985 preliminary tornado reports. There were 877 confirmed tornadoes for January-July, with 108 preliminary reports still pending for August-October. This is below the 1991-2010 average of 1,170 for the ten-month period. However, the year-to-date tornado count is the most since the active tornado year of 2011.

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Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Tornadoes for October 2015, published online November 2015, retrieved on November 27, 2015 from