Tornadoes of 2000
This page documents the tornadoes and tornado outbreaks of 2000, primarily (but not entirely) in the United States. Most tornadoes form in the U.S., although some events may take place internationally, particularly in parts of neighboring southern Canada during the summer season.
Tracks of all tornadoes in the United States in 2000
|Timespan||January - December 2000|
|Maximum rated tornado||F4 tornado|
|Tornadoes in U.S.||1,075|
|Damage (U.S.)||$424 million|
The 2000 tornado season as a whole was slightly below normal to near average. There were 1,075 tornadoes confirmed in the United States. January was inactive with just 16 tornado reports. Activity in February was high, with several strong tornadoes throughout the South. March was also quite active, with a notable tornado in Fort Worth, Texas taking place at the end of the month. The spring months saw normal activity, with substantial outbreaks in both April and May. Most of June was marked by below normal activity, with 135 tornadoes confirmed. The end of June and all of July had tornado reports nearly every day, resulting in an active early summer period. This activity continued into the beginning of August, but the latter part of the month saw few tornadoes, as well as the start of September. The rest of September was slightly more active. The fall months had normal activity; however, a pattern shift at the end of November caused December as a whole to be inactive, even though the F4 storm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was the second-deadliest December tornado since 1950.
There were 16 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in January.
There were 56 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in February.
A storm system spawned strong tornadoes across the Southeast on February 13, killing 19 people and injuring 175, making it the deadliest outbreak in the year. All the deaths occurred in Southwestern Georgia. The most notable tornado was an F3 storm that caused 11 fatalities in the city of Camilla. Several other states, such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee were affected on the 13th, and a few weak tornadoes struck the Carolinas on the 14th.
There were 102 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in March.
A low-end F3 tornado struck the city of Fort Worth, Texas on March 28 killing two people and injuring 80. The storm took a 4-mile path through the city, damaging skyscrapers and other high-rise buildings. In addition to this tornado, a small outbreak of tornadoes produced another F3 storm which traveled one mile through Arlington, Texas caused $500 million in damage and left about 80 people homeless.
There were 135 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in April.
An outbreak of tornadoes on April 23, Easter Sunday, produced 33 tornadoes across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, with three of these being rated F3. An F1 tornado moved through Shreveport, Louisiana, injuring six people.
There were 241 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in May.
There were 135 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in June.
There were 148 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in July.
July 14 (Canada)Edit
A severe thunderstorm over the Rockies tracked eastward across the province during the early evening on July 14. At 7:00 MDT, an F3 tornado touched down and moved toward Green Acres Campground at Pine Lake, Alberta. 12 people at the campground were killed and over 100 were injured. Winds up to 300 km/h (190 mph) caused $15.2 million (2000 Canadian dollars) in damage to the campground. Overall, it ranks as the fourth-deadliest tornado in Canadian history.
A moderate outbreak of 14 tornadoes took place across Minnesota. 12 of these were rated F0; however, a violent F4 storm hit the city of Granite Falls, which killed one and injured 15. Millions of dollars in damage occurred across the city's residential areas. This tornado is ranked as one of the strongest in Minnesota's history.
There were 52 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in August.
There were 47 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in September.
Four tornadoes touched down across Ohio. The most notable storm was an F4 tornado that moved through Xenia. One person was killed and 100 were injured along its 21-mile path, which paralleled the path of the famous tornado in 1974. It was that tornado which prompted local officials to install 10 tornado sirens across Greene County, Ohio, which failed to function during the tornado, due to power outages and no battery backup system. In the end, 48 homes were destroyed and 125 were damaged by the tornado.
There were 64 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in October.
There were 50 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in November.
There were 26 tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. in December.
After a lull in activity, a storm system produced a moderate outbreak of tornadoes on December 16, the strongest which killed 11 and injured 125 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and was rated F4. The tornado moved through portions of Southeastern Tuscaloosa destroying 110 homes and causing $12 million in damages (2000 US dollars). This tornado is tied as the second-deadliest December tornado since 1950, only behind the F5 in Vicksburg, Mississippi on December 5, 1953. In the end, the entire outbreak of 24 tornadoes was responsible for 12 fatalities and $35 million in damage across seven states.
- List of tornado outbreaks
- List of F5 and EF5 tornadoes
- List of North American tornadoes and tornado outbreaks
- List of 21st-century Canadian tornadoes and tornado outbreaks
- List of European tornadoes and tornado outbreaks
- List of tornadoes and tornado outbreaks in Asia
- List of Southern Hemisphere tornadoes and tornado outbreaks
- List of tornadoes striking downtown areas
- Tornado intensity
- "U.S. Annual Tornado Maps (1952 - 2011): 2000 Tornadoes". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
- "Annual U.S. Killer Tornado Statistics". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 18, 2016.