Largest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)

Rank Date # of Tornadoes Max F/EF Rating # of Max Rated Tornadoes Deaths
1 April 3, 1974 24* F4 5 38
2 January 30, 2013 25 EF2 3 0
3 April 27, 2011 23 EF3 2 0
4 May 6-7, 1984 18 F2 3 0
5 May 18, 1995 16 F4 1 3
6 February 5-6, 2008 14 EF3 1 22
7 April 16, 1998 13 F5 1 4
8 May 4-5, 2003 13 F3 1 0
9 November 15, 2005 12 F2 4 0
10 May 23-27, 2000 11 F3 1 0
* several weak tornadoes likely not recorded in total number of tornadoes

Deadliest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date Deaths # of Deadly Tornadoes
1 April 29, 1909 47 5
2 April 3, 1974 38 8
3 May 9-10, 1933 37 2
4 November 20, 1900 36 2
5 March 18, 1925 30 3
6 February 5-6, 2008 22 1
7 March 14, 1933 15 1
8 March 21, 1932 12 4
9 April 5, 1936 11 3
10 March 13, 1913 11 3

Deadliest Individual Tornadoes in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date Counties F/EF Rating Deaths
1 May 10, 1933 Overton/Pickett F4 35
2 April 29, 1909 Giles/Lincoln F4 29
3 March 18, 1925 Sumner/Macon TN & Allen/Barren/Metcalfe KY F4 27 TN* / 12 KY
4 November 20, 1900 Maury F4 27
5 February 5-6, 2008 Sumner/Trousdale/Macon TN & Monroe/Cumberland KY EF3 22
6 March 14, 1933 Davidson/Wilson/Smith F3 15
7 April 3, 1974 White/Putnam/Overton F4 10
8 April 29, 1909 Hickman/Maury/Williamson F4 10
9 April 18, 1877 Lewis/Maury/Williamson/Davidson/Rutherford F4 10
10 November 20, 1900 Williamson/Davidson/Rutherford F3 9
* death toll in TN likely higher

Winter (DJF) ENSO Status vs. Deadliest Tornado Outbreaks in Middle Tennessee
(includes Lincoln/Franklin/Moore Counties)
Rank Date Deaths Winter DJF ENSO Status per data from ESRL
1 April 29, 1909 47 La Niña
2 April 3, 1974 38 La Niña
3 May 9-10, 1933 37 Neutral
4 November 20, 1900 36 El Niño
5 March 18, 1925 30 La Niña
6 February 5-6, 2008 22 La Niña
7 March 14, 1933 15 Neutral
8 March 21, 1932 12 La Niña
9 April 5, 1936 11 Neutral
10 March 13, 1913 11 Neutral


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