National Weather Service storm data reports indicate that about 78 distinct tornadoes occurred around the country in January.
While that total is far below the record of 212 tornadoes recorded in the first month of 1999, it represents the second-most tornadoes in January since records began being kept in 1950, said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman.
Before 2008, the second-most “tornadic” January was 1975
with 52, he said. A total of 50 tornadoes were observed in January 1997.
The 2008 number is still preliminary, Carbin cautioned, so it may change if researchers determine multiple reports involve the same tornado.