Deadly Season

Analyzing the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks

  • Authors
  • Kevin M. Simmons
  • Daniel Sutter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter
    Pages 1-15
  3. Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter
    Pages 17-35
  4. Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter
    Pages 37-53
  5. Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter
    Pages 55-67
  6. Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter
    Pages 69-84
  7. Kevin M. Simmons, Daniel Sutter
    Pages 85-94
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 95-108

About this book


In 2011, despite continued developments in forecasting, tracking, and warning technology, the United States was hit by the deadliest tornado season in decades. More than 1,200 tornadoes touched down, shattering communities and their safety nets and killing more than 500 people—a death toll unmatched since 1953. Drawing on the unique analysis described in their first book, Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes, economists Kevin M. Simmons and Daniel Sutter here examine the factors that contributed to the outcomes of such tornadoes as the mid-April outbreak that devastated communities in North Carolina, the “Super Outbreak” across the southern and eastern United States in late April, and the single, mile-wide funnel that touched down in Joplin, Missouri, among others, in late May.


Damage Cost Joplin Mississippi Natural Disaster Tornado Impacts Tornado Sirens

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information American Meteorological Society 2012
  • Publisher Name American Meteorological Society, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-878220-25-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-933876-12-5
  • About this book
Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment