Alabama, Mississippi tied for most tornadoes in 2016

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Map of all tornadoes recorded so far in 2016 (Image: USTornadoes.com)

Map of all tornadoes recorded so far in 2016 (Image: USTornadoes.com)

By Quincy Vagell and Ian Livingston

USTornadoes.com— As far as where tornadoes have struck, this year is again not far off from what’s typically expected.

The bulk of the early-year activity has been across the Mid-South, AKA Dixie Alley, and Florida. Events have lately begun to target the Plains more often as we move deeper into April.

A few tornado events have also included further-flung zones like the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

2016 has been off to a varied start for tornadoes. After a relatively slow January gave way to one of the most active months of February in recent memory, March followed close to climatology and April has continued a downward trend with only sporadic activity thus far.

2016 tornado county vs. 1986-2015 average (Image: USTornadoes.com)

2016 tornado county vs. 1986-2015 average (Image: USTornadoes.com)

When comparing 2016 with the 30-year tornado climatology, this year has fallen back to near average after running well above between late February and early April. As we near peak season, daily averages are rising, so any continued downtown in activity could send us well into the below average zone during the time ahead.

As might be expected heading into late April, the states with the most tornadoes sit relatively close to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s the region favored for tornado activity through the cold season. Our leaders thru April 21 are Alabama and Mississippi with 39 tornadoes each. Florida has seen 23, Louisiana 22, and Texas 15.

2016 Tornadoes by state (Image: USTornadoes.com)

2016 Tornadoes by state (Image: USTornadoes.com)

The Gulf Coast States are generally running above to well above normal for numbers to date. Both Mississippi and Alabama are already nearing their annual averages. Texas and much of the Plains on the other hand is running below normal so far.

This article originally appeared on USTornadoes.com.