February 2016 was a record month for tornado activity in Alabama

The Weather Authority

View of a large tornado near Century, Florida on Monday, February 15, 2016 (Photo: WEAR TV)

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(WHNT)– Between 1991 and 2010, Alabama averaged three tornadoes in February per year.

In February 2016, the National Weather Service has documented 21 tornado touchdowns across the Yellowhammer State.

Tornado touchdowns have been most numerous across central and far southern Alabama.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham says February 2016 had the most tornado touchdowns of any February since 2008, when 26 tornadoes occurred. February 2008 is a notorious tornado month following the Super Tuesday outbreak; two violent EF-4s touched down in Alabama in the predawn hours of February 6, 2008.

The tornadoes so far in 2016 have been relatively weak; seven EF-0s, 11 EF-2s and 2 EF-3s have occurred.

2016 had the second most active first two months of tornado activity of the past 10 years, only behind 2008, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

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