Maryland averages 4.3 tornadoes a year


Wednesday’s EF-1 tornado is the fifth in Baltimore City since 1973. The weather service’s tornado database lists a 1973 event rated an F-0 on the old Fujita Scale, the weakest rating. But eyewitnesses reported six different funnel clouds over the city that day. Two F-1 funnels touched down in 1994 and an F-0 in 1996. Maryland counted 209 tornadoes between 1950 and 1998, an average of 4.3 per year. The most recent (until this week) was an 80-mph, EF-0 twister in Anne Arundel County, on Sept. 30.

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