A record number of tornadoes for Oklahoma this month

Anadarko tornado upgraded to an EF-2
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 5:58 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:08 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) -

Two potent upper-level storm systems arrived between October 10-13th bringing all modes of severe weather to the state of Oklahoma including an outbreak of tornadoes. Together, these storm systems produced a total of 28 tornadoes across the Sooner State. As of October 19th, this ranks #1 for the most tornadoes ever reported for the state of Oklahoma.

October Tornadoes in Oklahoma
October Tornadoes in Oklahoma(KSWO)

Below is a visual representation on the amount of tornadoes that touched down throughout Oklahoma during the month of October, where 14 out of the 28 tornadoes were given a rating of EF-1 strength (86-110 mph), and the tornado that touched down in Anadarko was upgraded to an EF-2 (111-135 mph). The EF Scale incorporates 28 damage indicators (DIs) such as building type, structures, and trees. For each damage indicator, there are 8 degrees of damage (DOD) ranging from the beginning of visible damage to complete destruction of the damage indicator. There are still several tornadoes undergoing further investigation, and the ratings for those that are currently undermined could be released in the upcoming days.

October Tornado Reports in Oklahoma
October Tornado Reports in Oklahoma(KSWO)

There were no reported tornadoes south of the Red River this month. There has been an update regarding the amount of tornadoes that occurred in Southwest Oklahoma, bringing the new total to 12 tornado touchdowns in the 7News viewing area. This includes 4 that have yet to be determined, 1 EF-0, 6 EF-1′s, and the Anadarko tornado was upgraded to an EF-2 as previously mentioned. Thankfully, there were no reported fatalities or injuries.

Date Time Path Length F-Scale County Location

1. 10/10/2021 4:59-4:59 pm EF-U Kiowa 4 S Cooperton

2. 10/10/2021 5:13-5:18 pm 3 miles EF-1 Kiowa 8 E - 11 E Cooperton (Saddle Mountain area)

3. 10/10/2021 5:20-5:25 pm 4 miles EF-1 Caddo 9 W - 5.5 WNW Boone

4. 10/10/2021 5:45-5:59 pm 8 miles EF-2 Caddo 4 SW - 5 E Anadarko

5. 10/10/2021 6:02-6:02 pm EF-U Caddo or Grady 2 S Verden

6. 10/12/2021 6:24-6:24 pm EF-U Washita 3 S Foss

7. 10/12/2021 6:38-7:01 pm 6 miles EF-1 Tillman 3 WSW - 6 NNW Frederick

8. 10/12/2021 7:15-7:50 pm 12 miles EF-1 Tillman/ Kiowa/ Comanche 5 NE Manitou - 9 NNW Indiahoma

9. 10/12/2021 8:00-8:04 pm 2.3 miles EF-U Comanche 5 W Meers

10. 10/12/2021 8:35-8:36 pm EF-U Caddo 5 NW Boone

11. 10/12/2021 Unknown EF-0 Tillman 5 SW Frederick

12. 10/12/2021 Unknown EF-1 Kiowa/Comanche 6 ESE Snyder - 9 NNW Indiahoma

October Tornado Reports in Oklahoma
October Tornado Reports in Oklahoma(KSWO)

The Skywarn Program at the National Weather Service in Norman is opening up two training sessions for severe storm events at the end of October. The events are online webinars and free to everyone who wants to gain more knowledge about severe weather. These webinars are great opportunities to not only learn how to be safe for you and your family, but about how to identify storms.

NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training(KSWO)
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