5 tornadoes touched down in NJ last week. They’re not as rare as you might think

New Jersey experienced a tornado outbreak one week ago, with five twisters touching down in the state over the course of one evening.

News 12 Staff

Aug 5, 2021, 10:49 PM

Updated 988 days ago

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New Jersey experienced a tornado outbreak one week ago, with five twisters touching down in the state over the course of one evening.
While tornadoes are relatively rare in the Garden State, meteorologists say that they are not as rare as one might think.
State climatologist David Robinson has released a map showing all of New Jersey’s tornado activity since 1950. What’s remarkable is that several EF-3 tornadoes have touched down in New Jersey over the years. These tornadoes produce winds of over 140 mph. At least four EF-3 tornadoes have developed in New Jersey.
Of the five tornadoes that formed in New Jersey last week, two of them were EF-2 tornadoes. Those tornadoes produce winds of 115-120 mph and caused a lot of damage around the state, particularly on Long Beach Island.
The most tornadoes to pass through New Jersey in one day is seven tornadoes, a record that was set in 1989.


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