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January Tornado History

January Tornado 1959 to 2004January 1959 to 2004            
Total Reported Tornadoes 908 with   
0 F5    10 F4     45 F3   198 F2   334 F1   321 F0
Of the total tornadoes 28% would be classified as strong/violent during this period.  31 States in the US have recorded tornadoes in January since 1959.  6 of these tornadoes have had a track length of greater than 50 miles. During January 108 deaths have been recorded from these tornadoes from 1959 to 2004.

January 2007    Killer Tornadoes: 1     Fatalities: 2
01 Jan 4 03:45 PM Lydia LA 2 F1 WT001 Three mobile homes flipped over trapping seven least five brick homes received major damage.

January   2006  Killer Tornadoes: 1     Fatalities: 1
01 Jan 13 10:10 AM Belleville AL 1 F1 WT017 15-20 homes damaged.
     The tornado ripped through the Belleville Alabama rural community, leaving one woman dead in her home when the chimney collapsed, and a swath of destruction a half mile wide and a mile long beside U.S. 84 just before 10 a.m.

January 2005     Killer Tornadoes: 2     Fatalities: 4
01 Jan 12 11:25 PM Junction City AR 2 F3 WS007 Extensive structural damage...tornado path length of 24 mi...max path width 1/2 mi.  

02 Jan 13 04:58 PM Crossroads GA 2 F1 - Three homes a mobile home where fatalities occurred
Some of this Data is From the Storm Prediction Center website provided by NOAA/ National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Prediction Storm Prediction Center 1313 Halley Circle Norman, OK U.S.A.

So how often do tornadoes appear in January? Well, in other places around the world they are more common in January.  2004 started in January and was kicked off with honorary crew member Steve Hall taking these photos from Rhoose Point, Vale of Glamorgan.
The tornado(water spout) was just off the south Wales coast.  Steve Hall, a qualified Meteorological Observer as part of his job (Air Traffic Controller).
photos copyright Steve Hall 
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All photos copyright Steve Hall - please contact him to use.
Funnel clouds are not un-common in the Bristol Channel where he has seen a few over the years. The Control Tower at the airport has an uninterrupted view of the Bristol Channel and they were the first to spot this one. A phone call from a friend of work alerted Steve to this funnel cloud and the photos were taken from the end of the street he lives near. It lasted for about 5 minutes before it dissipated. Thanks Steve for sharing your photos with the rest of the world.  

Photos by Crew Member Derek Bassett

Even though tornadoes can happen in other areas, many might be surprised to find one near the Mediterrean sea. These exclusive photos were taken on the Island of Cyprus and on  Monday January 27th 2003. 

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Photos by Honorary Crew Member Derek Bassett