Tornadoes are perhaps the most destructive severe weather forms in the world. It is a funnel-shaped storm rotating violently which extends from a thunderstorm down to the ground. The winds they carry are no less than 100 mph, with some even reaching more than 200 mph.
But fortunately, your chances of getting caught or seeing a twister are pretty low. There are certain conditions that must be met in order for a tornado to develop. Once they are formed, most of them are usually small, with only a few hundred yards wide. But there are also some that are huge and massive that they can measure up to 2-3 miles wide.
As I said, tornadoes don’t just appear suddenly in an area. There are conditions that must be met. Unfortunately, there are countries in the world where conditions are favorable for these twisters to develop.
Among the list of the countries that have the most tornadoes every year is the United States followed by Canada. These two countries account for 75% of the tornadoes in the world every year! There are also a few other countries that are considered to be a hotbed for these dangerous twisters. Take a look below.
With more than 1,200 twisters every year, the United States is by far the country with the most twisters in the world. Twisters, often small, can develop anytime and anywhere across the country. But most of them are concentrated on the Midwest and Southeast region of the country especially during late spring and early summer.
The worst and biggest twisters, however, tend to develop in the Southern Plains. The so-called “Tri-State Tornado” that struck the states Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana on March 18, 1925, was one of deadliest twisters in American history. Nearly 700 people were confirmed after the tornado struck three different states.
Even though Canada is definitely larger than the US when it comes to land area, the country only accounts for 10% of the twisters that its neighbor has every year. Despite the big disparity between the two countries, Canada still manages to hold the second place for the country that has the most tornadoes every year.
The majority of the twisters in the country tend to occur in three provinces—Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.
The third country on this list is England. This may come as a surprise but this country is actually home to more twisters per square mile than any other nation in the world. Since England has an average of 34 twisters per year, this translates to 2.2 tornadoes per 10,000 square miles. Most of the twisters in the country often develop in the Thames Valley which is relatively close the London.
It may come as a surprise to you but Japan is actually home to a number of twisters every year. An average of 20 tornadoes per year is reported on Japan. The country is quite alarmed by the number of twisters they see each year because these things were very rare in Japan. They are currently studying the reasons why the twisters in the country are increasing each year.
Australia has an average of 16 twisters every year. The majority of these tornadoes develop on the coasts especially on the southwestern region of the country where the weather is quite temperate and stormy.
The country’s monsoon seasons have sometimes the ability to create a favorable condition for twisters to develop. Most of the twisters in the country are concentrated on the eastern part of the country.
Neighboring India to the east, Bangladesh is one of the countries that are a hotbed for some of the biggest in the world. The country’s flat topography and climate make it an ideal region for massive twisters to develop. In fact, two of the worst and deadliest tornadoes were recorded in Bangladesh.
So, that’s it! That’s the list of the countries that have the most tornadoes every year. Just because your country is not on this list, it doesn’t mean that there are no tornadoes in your country. Keep in mind, that these things can happen anywhere and anytime so make sure that you are fully prepared for a tornado before it comes.