Tornadoes - September 2020

According to preliminary data from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, during September, there were 37 preliminary tornado reports. This is exactly half the 1991-2010 average of 74 tornadoes for the month of September. Of the tornadoes that did form during September, many occurred within the coastal regions of several southeastern states including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Given the below average during September, the only days with 10 or more tornadoes occurred on September 1 and 17. On September 1, there were 10 tornadoes scattered across Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. These were mostly weaker tornadoes (EF-0 and EF-1) that produced minimal damage to homes, vehicles and infrastructure. There was one EF-2 tornado in central Arkansas that impacted a rural area with little structural damage. There were no fatalities associated with these tornadoes. On September 17, 14 tornadoes were reported across eastern North Carolina and South Carolina. These were weaker tornadoes (EF-0 and EF-1) that did minor damage to trees, vehicles and infrastructure. There were no fatalities associated with these tornadoes.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Tornadoes for September 2020, published online October 2020, retrieved on October 20, 2020 from