How Rare Are Tornadoes in New Jersey? A Look at Their History and Severity in the State

Abi Cohen2024

Chart of total annual tornadoes in New Jersey from 1951 to 2023, colored according to intensity.
Total annual tornadoes in New Jersey, colored according to intensity. Credit: Rutgers Climate Lab

Despite recent severe weather in the Midwest, tornadoes in New Jersey are a rare occurrence. RCEI Affiliate, David Robinson, highlights that New Jersey averages about two tornadoes annually, with most being weak and causing minimal damage. “The fact is that most tornadoes in New Jersey are small, they’re not on the ground for all that long,” Robinson said. “But they do damage, don’t get me wrong.” Robinson stresses the importance of staying prepared despite tornadoes not being a top hazard in the state.

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