Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Cheorkee County Tornado


National Weather Service offices throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee are conducting a Severe Weather Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 19, 2005. The purpose of this day is to call attention to the secondary peak severe weather season that begins in the late fall. November historically has been a very active month for severe weather and tornadoes. Some of the recent fall severe weather events include:


In 2004, 21 tornadoes and widespread wind damage occurred during the early morning hours of November 24 across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2003, a significant line of thunderstorms plowed through Alabama on November 18, resulting mainly in significant straight-line wind damage. Two F1 tornadoes touched down near Tuscaloosa and Oakman. (click for summary)

In 2002, the infamous Veteran's Day Tornado Outbreak brought 11 tornadoes to parts of North and Central Alabama.  Two F3 tornadoes occurred across Fayette, Walker, and Winston counties. (click for summary)

In 2001, the largest tornado outbreak in Alabama's recorded history occurred on November 24, 2001 as 34 tornadoes occurred during a 24-hour period. (click for summary)

In 2000, an F4 tornado occurred near Tuscaloosa with the December 16 outbreak.  13 additional tornadoes occurred across Alabama on that date. (click for summary)


This the perfect time of the year to check your preparedness plans. Make sure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it. Make sure you have a means of receiving severe weather information. Make sure you know what you should do if threatening weather approaches.

The routine weekly test on NOAA Weather Radio will be conducted on Severe Weather Awareness Day. Media outlets will be working with the National Weather Service to publicize weather safety as well.

Some additional information is available through the following brochures and publications:


Additional Information:
from the 2005 Alabama Severe Weather Awareness Week Booklet
In Adobe PDF format (free download)

  • Severe Weather Preparedness
  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning
  • Damaging Winds and Hail
  • Tornadoes
  • Tornadoes by County in Alabama 1950-2004
  • Chart: Tornadoes by Year in Alabama 1950-2004
  • Flooding Definitions
  • Flood Safety and Preparedness
  • Storm Spotters
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Safety After the Storm
  • Charts: Tornadoes by Month and Hour in Alabama 1950-2004
  • Entire Booklet *(~10.6 MB)


  • Alabama Tornado Database

  • USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.