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Did you know? Arizona averages four tornadoes a year, per NOAA Storm Prediction Center

Posted at 3:55 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 12:54:58-04

NEW RIVER, AZ — While we may not see them as often as other parts of the country, tornadoes are possible -- and do happen -- in Arizona.

In fact, the state averages about four tornadoes a year, according to a graphic shared by the National Weather Service in Phoenix, using data from the Storm Prediction Center.

According to that graphic, 247 tornadoes, ranging from EF-0 to EF-3, have been recorded between 1950 - 2017.

The top three years for tornado activity are:

  • 1972, 16 tornadoes
  • 1992, 14 tornadoes
  • 2010, 12 tornadoes

On Monday, a possible tornado touched down in New River, which is north of Phoenix, after storms moved across the Valley.

Some parts of the Valley recorded more than three inches of rain.

Tornado warnings were issued for other parts of the state Tuesday.

The last tornado warning issues for the Phoenix-area was in 2016.