Oklahoma Has the Most Counties Likely to Get Slammed By a Tornado
When it comes to the topic of tornadoes, Oklahoma is universally known around the world for producing some of the biggest, including the last F6 ever measured... but it'd probably surprise most Okies that the Sooner State doesn't even crack the top five of the most tornado-prone counties in America.
It's worth noting that Oklahoma does have the most counties on the full expanded list, 15 counties out of the total 35 nationwide. Here are the Oklahoma counties in the danger zone according to The Weather Channel.
8. Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
If you're from Oklahoma, you're probably saying "Shenanigans" or "I thought it'd be higher," but you can't argue hard data and numbers. The main difference between Oklahoma twisters and those found elsewhere on this list is the size and intensity of nature's fury. No state grows tornadoes like Oklahoma does.
6. Caddo County, Oklahoma
Forgive the scale, I had to zoom in enough to get some of the small towns to show up. Fortunately, looking at the tornado history for Caddo County, it's a similar story for twisters in this part of Oklahoma. Caddo hasn't had a significant tornado since 1999, and never a storm rated above EF4 designation--most likely due to the lack of stuff to destroy in this sparsely populated area just outside the OKC metro.
It's not all shenanigans.
While it's easy to blame twister fame on something as trivial as land size, the top ten list does change quite drastically when you level the playing field with more stats.
For instance, when you measure tornadoes per 100 square miles, Oklahoma has a solid showing with six Sooner State counties dominating the top ten list. You can read about it in more detail here.