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2022 started busy with the most March tornadoes on record. Severe weather continued through April, May, and June with 61 conecutive days with a Slight Risk or higher. However, there were no violent tornadoes in May for the 3rd year in a row, which ties the longest such streak on record. Then June, July, and August had the 2nd lowest tornado count since 1964. Overall, watches and reports were near average for the year. There were 16 Moderate Risks issued during the year which is the highest number of Moderate Risks since the 5-tier system was introduced in late 2014.

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2018-2022 Tornado Fatalities

1991-2022 Tornado Fatalities

2018-2022 Tornado Fatalities
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Map showing all the severe weather reports during 2022

2022 Report Summary

Total Reports:20,865
Most active severe month:June
Most active hail month: May
Most active tornado month:March
Additional monthly and yearly report statistics can be found here.

These unfiltered reports (duplicates removed) and fatalities are prelimilary data collected from NWS LSRs. Final storm data will be published by NCEI.
2022 SPC Watches
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Fewest Summer Tornado
Watches On Record

June, July, and August only had 10 total Tornado Watches which is half the previous record low summer Tornado Watch count of 20 in 1988.

Summer (June/July/August) Tornado Watch Totals
Year Watches
2022 10
1988 20
2019 22
2016 22
2013 26

Top 5 Largest Watches
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Top 5 Watch Count Days
Highest Daily Outlook Probability (2022)
  # of Outlooks Largest Risk Area Jump to Day

General Statistics

  • 349 days (96%) had thunder probabilities.

  • 258 days (71%) had severe weather probabilities.

  • 67 days (18%) had a maximum category of Enhanced or greater.

  • Most Moderate Risk days since 5 tier system introduced in Fall 2014.

61 Consecutive Days with Slight Risk or Higher from Spring to Early Summer.

There were 61 Consecutive Days with a Risk Category of Slight or Greater from April 26 to June 25.
Calendar of April, May, and June showing there were 61 consecutive days with a slight or greater

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Highest Daily Fire Outlook Probability(2022)
  # of Outlooks Largest Risk Area Jump to Day

General Statistics

  • 245 days (67%) had fire weather probabilities in 2022.

  • 108 days (30%) had a maximum category of Critical/Scattered or greater.

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