Tornadoes of 2002

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Tornadoes of 2002
Veterans Day Tornado Outbreak.JPG
Track Paths of the Tornado Outbreak of November 2002
Timespan January 2 – December 30, 2002
Maximum rated tornado F4 tornado
  • 5 locations
    on 5 different days
Tornadoes in U.S. 934[1]
Damage (U.S.) $802.053 million[2]
Fatalities (U.S.) 55[3]
Fatalities (worldwide) >55

This page documents the tornadoes and tornado outbreaks of 2002, primarily in the United States. Most tornadoes form in the U.S., although some events may take place internationally. The year had several large outbreaks that included the Veterans Day Weekend tornado outbreak and the Midwest to Mid-Atlantic United States tornado outbreak.

Synopsis[edit]

The Tornado Season of 2002 was a below average season with only 934 tornadoes touching down, However, this season had its two largest outbreaks occurring early in the year and late in the year because of cold fronts being able to create favorable conditions for tornadic activity in the United States.

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 623 215 65 26 5 0 934

Events[edit]

January[edit]

There were 3 tornadoes confirmed in the US in January.

February[edit]

There were 2 tornadoes confirmed in the US in February.

March[edit]

There were 47 tornadoes confirmed in the US in March.

March 24[edit]

A rare tornado formed in Hawaii at 6:55 PM. It was officially rated EF0 and did $60,000 in damage. The tornado was also 30 yards wide.

April[edit]

There were 117 tornadoes confirmed in the US in April

April 27–28[edit]

This tornado outbreak was a fairly large outbreak that killed 7 people and doing several hundred million dollars of damage to the states Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. It caused some hail damage to crops and houses as well.

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 11 18 12 6 1 0 48

May[edit]

There were 204 tornadoes confirmed in the US in May.

May 20 (Hong Kong)[edit]

A weak tornado struck Hong Kong International Airport.[4]

June[edit]

There were 97 tornadoes confirmed in the US in June.

July[edit]

There were 68 tornadoes confirmed in the US in July.

August[edit]

There were 86 tornadoes confirmed in the US in August.

September[edit]

There were 61 tornadoes confirmed in the US in September.

September 2[edit]

On September 2, 2002 at approximately 4:20 PM CDT, an F3 tornado tore through the town of Ladysmith, Wisconsin, causing $25 million in damage. Twenty-seven people were injured but nobody was killed. The twister had a path of 16 miles, and was one of six to touchdown in Wisconsin that day.

October[edit]

There were 58 tornadoes confirmed in the US in October.

November[edit]

There were 96 tornadoes confirmed in the US in November

November 9–11[edit]

The Veterans Day outbreak was an unseasonably strong and destructive severe weather event that in 36 hours, between November 9 and November 11, spawned 83 tornadoes across a widespread swath in the Central and Eastern United States. It was the second largest outbreak of tornadoes on record in November and also among the deadliest, killing 36 people.

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 20 34 20 8 1 0 83

December[edit]

There were 99 tornadoes confirmed in the US in December. [5]

December 17–19[edit]

A severe weather event that spawned 44 tornadoes across a widespread swath in the Central and southern United States.

December 23–24[edit]

An unseasonably strong severe weather event that in 43 hours that, spawned 48 tornadoes across a widespread swath in the Southern United States.

December 30 – January 1, 2003[edit]

A line of storms that spawned 13 tornadoes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Annual Tornado Maps (1952–2011): 2002 Tornadoes". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Storm Events All States
  3. ^ "Annual U.S. Killer Tornado Statistics". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ P.W., Chan; J. Wurman; C.M. Shun; P. Robinson; K. Kosiba (Mar 2012). "Application of a method for the automatic detection and Ground-Based Velocity Track Display (GBVTD) analysis of a tornado crossing the Hong Kong International Airport". Atmos. Res. 106: 18–29. Bibcode:2012AtmRe.106...18C. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.10.010. 
  5. ^ http://www.weather.com/storms/tornado/news/severe-weather-forecast-december-7-13-2015

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