Welcome to the SVRGIS page for the SPC.
This page has the United States severe report database (tornadoes 1950-2016, hail/wind 1955-2016),
converted into shapefile (.shp) file format as well as a Geographic Information System (GIS) database.
The data can be viewed in graphical, tabular, and statistical formats depending on end-user programs.
The NOAA/NWS Geodata page, has links that are directed to free,
easy-to-use GIS viewing programs.
The data originate from the comma separated value (.csv) files available at:
The column headings are the same as those described in this document:
Location Codes for Storm data here.
Map of State FIPS Numbers here.
Text list of County FIPS Numbers here.
The data were prepared in a USA Contiguous Lambert Conformal Conic projection with North American Datum 1983.
The data are contained in zip files and can be quite large, up to around 55MB (i.e. Cities.zip).
Click here to download the 2017 MXD update.
This update which contains a prepared .mxd file as a base template for users with programs capable of viewing .mxd files.
Included within this download is an instructional manual is provided on how to build and develop a basic severe weather report GIS database in ArcGIS.
Hopefully, in the coming weeks, tornado/wind/hail point & swath features will be broken out into individual files. This will be in addition to the current
set of files which incorporates points and swaths into the same file.
Lastly, please see the new changelog for the latest information regarding changes to the data that goes into creating these GIS files.
If you have comments regarding this information,
contact Bryan Smith or
of the Storm Prediction Center.
GIS CHANGE LOG
- 13 June 2017: Add updated .mxd file for 2017
- 15 May 2017: Initial Release of the 2017 GIS files, including the 2016 severe reports
- 14 March 2016: Add updated .mxd file for 2016
- 10 March 2016: Initial Release of the 2016 GIS files, including the 2015 severe reports
- 28 April 2015: Added changelog to website
- 14 April 2015: Fixed issue with tornado/wind/hail GIS files stemming from corrupt CSV file used in generation of GIS files
- 18 March 2015: Initial Release of the 2015 GIS files containing the 2014 severe reports