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This page documents the tornadoes and tornado outbreaks of 1981, primarily in the United States. Most tornadoes form in the U.S., although some events may take place internationally. Tornado statistics for older years like this often appear significantly lower than modern years due to fewer reports or confirmed tornadoes.

Tornadoes of 1981
Binger Oklahoma Tornado.jpg
An F4 tornado near Binger, Oklahoma on May 22
TimespanJanuary–December 1981
Maximum rated tornadoF4 tornado
  • 7 locations
    on 7 different days
Tornadoes in U.S.782[1]
Damage (U.S.)Unknown
Fatalities (U.S.)24[2]
Fatalities (worldwide)>24

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SynopsisEdit

Numbers for 1981 were below average, both in terms of number of tornadoes and number of fatalities.

EventsEdit

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 283 320 149 23 7 0 782

JanuaryEdit

Only two tornadoes touched down in January, both were rated F0 and took place in California.[3]

FebruaryEdit

The first fatal tornadoes of the year occurred during a relatively small outbreak between February 10 and 11. Two F2 tornadoes, one in Walker County, Texas and the other in Hoke/Cumberland Counties, North Carolina, killed one person. Eighty-two people were also injured during the course of the month.[4]

MarchEdit

Scattered tornado events took place in March, with a total of 33 events taking place. One person was killed by an F2 in Hertford County, North Carolina on March 30.[5]

AprilEdit

Several small tornado outbreaks took place in April, producing 84 tornadoes. Most of the year's fatalities took place during the month, with 13 people perishing. On April 4 a rare anticyclonic tornado struck West Bend, Wisconsin killing three people. Five people were also killed in Bixby, Oklahoma by an F3 on April 19.[6]

MayEdit

There were 187 tornadoes in the US in May.[7] On May 22, a large wedge F4 tornado struck Binger, Oklahoma.

JuneEdit

There were 223 tornadoes in the US in June, resulting in eight fatalities. On June 13, an F3 tornado killed four people in Cardington, Ohio.[8]

JulyEdit

There were 98 tornadoes in the US in July.[9] On July 30, an F3 tornado in North Dakota tracked through Bismarck and Mandan without causing any fatalities or injuries.[10]

AugustEdit

There were 64 tornadoes in the US in August.[11]

SeptemberEdit

There were 26 tornadoes in the US in September.[12]

OctoberEdit

There were 32 tornadoes in the US in October.[13]

NovemberEdit

There were 7 tornadoes in the US in November.[14] On November 23, a large tornado outbreak occurred in central England. About 104 tornadoes were reported to have touched down in what remains the largest tornado outbreak in European history.

DecemberEdit

There was 1 tornado in the US in December.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U.S. Annual Tornado Maps (1952 - 2011): 1981 Tornadoes". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Tornadoes in 1981". Tornado History Project. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Tornadoes in January 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "Tornadoes in February 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Tornadoes in March 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Tornadoes in April 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "Tornadoes in May 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  8. ^ "Tornadoes in June 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  9. ^ "Tornadoes in July 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  10. ^ http://www.tornadohistoryproject.com/tornado/19810730.38.13
  11. ^ "Tornadoes in August 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  12. ^ "Tornadoes in September 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  13. ^ "Tornadoes in October 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  14. ^ "Tornadoes in November 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  15. ^ "Tornadoes in December 1981". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.

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