43 Tornadoes Confirmed in Mississippi From April 18th Outbreak

Map of average annual number of tornadoes in the U.S. based on a period from 1991 – 2010. Image: NOAA NCEI

According to National Weather Service Jackson, MS, the tornado count for April 18th is now up to 43.

This is quite impressive because, according to data from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Mississippi averages 43 tornadoes annually. In April, the average number of twisters recorded is 7.

States in the heart of Tornado Alley, such as Oklahoma and Kansas, have seen very few tornadoes (1 and 2 respectively) in 2019 thus far.

However, while much of the action has been centered in Dixie Alley the past 4 months, climatology tells us that this is not too unusual.

Also, it looks like activity will pick up back toward the Plains as we head into May, which is also in line with climatology.