When does 'tornado season' really begin in Oklahoma? 1st tornado of year occurs most often in March

Posted at 9:18 AM, Mar 24, 2014
and last updated 2016-03-13 17:30:21-04

Spring in Oklahoma means warmer weather, but it also means that tornadoes become more likely.

I decided to take a look at the last 20 years of tornado statistics for the state to determine what the average date was for the first tornado touchdown.

In 2013, the first tornado touched down in Logan County Jan. 29. The first tornado in eastern Oklahoma occurred later that day in Sequoyah County.

In all of 2013, 82 confirmed tornadoes occurred in the state of Oklahoma.

After doing the research, I found out that the average date for the first tornado was March 7.

Since 1993, the earliest tornado occurred Jan. 7, 2008 in Adair County. The latest date for the first tornado was in 2002 when a tornado touched down in northcentral Oklahoma April 11.

In the past 20 years, only two years saw the first tornado occur in January.

February has experienced the first tornado five times with March seeing the first touchdown eleven times.

This year, the state has yet to see a tornado, but we know it is just a matter of time before the season gets underway!

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