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originally posted by: Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Washington state is one of the least tornado prone states in the country. The last time we saw one was about 17 years ago, down in Tacoma. And this month so far we have had three.
This is really bizarre.
A tornado has not touched down in this state since 1997.
It used to be that Washington averaged just one tornado per year in the state, but factoring in more recent data, our official average is now up to two -- most likely helped by our 1997 season that had a record 14 tornadoes.
SEATTLE - With last Tuesday's tornado in Sumas, you might be wondering how often we get tornadoes around here.
They're very rare -- in fact, Washington is one of the least likely states to see a tornado, averaging just one per year somewhere in the state, and they're usually pretty weak.
There has only been one deadly tornado in the state's history -- a twister that killed 6 people and injured 300 in Vancouver, Washington on April 5, 1972.
The last tornado to cause any real damage was a weak tornado near Bonney Lake on June 27, 2001 that knocked over a couple of trees into houses. It came on the heels of a weak tornado that briefly touched down in West Seattle two weeks earlier, but didn't do any damage.