Early Spring Tornadoes in Connecticut

Tornadoes by month in Connecticut. Credit: Wikipedia

Severe weather season doesn’t really get going until June and July in the Northeast, but tornadoes have formed in Connecticut during April and May…

Earliest Tornado on Record:
On April 26th, 1961, an F1 tornado briefly touched down in western Tolland County. This was the only April tornado reported between 1850 and 2013.

Noteworthy May tornadoes:
On May 10th, 1954, an F2 tornado ripped through Windsorville.

On May 24th, 1962, a powerful F3 tornado caused major damage in Waterbury and Southington. Damage was over $4 million with at least 50 injuries.

On May 16th, 2007, a weak tornado touched down several different times over a five mile path between Bethel and Newtown. There was moderate damage across the area.

Statistically, less than 1% of tornadoes occur in April in Connecticut, while 11% of tornadoes have formed in May. (The month with the highest frequency is August with 19%) The part of the country that typically sees April as their most active month for tornadoes is “Dixie Alley,” or the Deep South westward into east Texas.

Month with the most tornadoes. Courtesy Storm Prediction Center.


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