NWS: 2012 Below Average Year for Twisters in Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Notable Alabama Wiregrass Tornadoes of 2012

March 1 - Geneva County - Near Slocomb and Hartford: An EF1 tornado with estimated winds of 95 miles per hour snapped trees and damaged three homes as well as a barn. No deaths or injuries.

March 1 - Geneva County - Near Slocomb: This second EF1 tornado damaged trees for a path estimated of 30 yards. Winds were estimated near 95 miles per hour. No deaths or injuries.

March 2 - Coffee County - Near Brooklyn: An EF0 tornado was sighted, but no damage was reported. No deaths or injuries.

March 23 - Pike County - Near Troy Airport: An EF1 tornado with winds up to 100 miles per hour touched down southwest of the Troy Municipal Airport. It snapped trees and power lines. It then damaged 3 chicken barns and  a few homes before weakening less than a mile from the airport. No deaths or injuries.

March 23 - Geneva County -  Near Malvern: An EF0 tornado brought minor roof damage to a few homes. Winds estimated near 80 miles per hour. No deaths or injuries.

June 10 - Geneva and Coffee Counties - Near Geneva Airport and Cool Springs: A tornado damaged homes and businesses with winds up to 90 miles per hour. No deaths or injuries.

August 30 - Geneva and Coffee Counties - Near Lowery and Rhoades: Caused by Hurricane Isaac, this F1 tornado blew down trees and damaged homes in both Geneva and Coffee counties. No deaths or injuries.

September 17 - Geneva County - Near Samson: This tornado, with winds up to 80 miles per hour, blew down trees and power lines, as well as dumping a tree on a house.


Forecasters say 2012 is a below-average year for tornadoes in Alabama, at least so far.

While Alabama has 40 tornadoes in an average year, the National Weather Service says only 32 tornadoes occurred in the state through Thanksgiving.

If no more twisters occur this year, 2012 will end with the state's lowest tornado total since 1999, when 23 occurred. But November and December are considered a secondary tornado season for the state.

The slow period comes just a year after Alabama recorded a record of more than 140 tornadoes in 2011. That total was bolstered by the spring outbreak that killed more than 250 people statewide on April 27.

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