April 29 through May 4 marks the official kick-off to tornado season. Although we’d like to think that we’ve armed you with ample preparedness tips and safety tools, here are 7 facts you may not have known about tornadoes that are easily shareable for your Twitter followers!
1. According to weather.com, 1,300+ tornadoes touch down in the U.S. every year. [tweet this]
2. Only 58 tornadoes since 1950 have been categorized as a EF5, over 200 mph. [tweet this]
3. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. – 7 p.m, according to weather.com. [tweet this]
4. Tennessee holds the record for the most tornadoes in one day with 72 on April 27, 2011. [tweet this]
5. A tornado may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms within the funnel. [tweet this]
6. The tornado that happened in Joplin, MO in 2011, was the deadliest one in the U.S. since 1947. [tweet this]
7. 90% of all tornados are under 110MPH categorizing them as a EF1 or lower, according to weather.com. [tweet this]