While Washington D.C. (and Slower Maryland) are not prime tornado country, we do have a few of them wander through. The Washington Post, feeling jealous of the the attention that Moore, Oklahoma is getting, highlighted Washington D.C.'s history of tornadic activity in today's paper.
Fortunately, the Washington, D.C. area does not experience tornadoes that are as frequent and intense as the Plains and Southeast. However, weaker tornadoes are not uncommon.
The 8 tornadoes recorded in D.C.
This map below, created by CWG’s Kathryn Prociv, does a nice job of illustrating the region’s tornado history, showing the paths and intensity of the various twisters between 1950 and 2011, totaling around 460 (or 115 for the District and the surrounding counties listed in the Climate Central map below).
|La Plata April 18 2002 Tornado seen from Calvert Cliffs Power Plant|
But for a sense for the real threats across the US, try this one: