<!-- PLEASE DON'T WIKILINK CITIES WITH NO ARTICLES, AND DON'T LINK TO OUTBREAK ARTICLES THAT DON'T EXIST; VERIFY THAT THEY DO EXIST BEFORE EDITING! -->This is a list of all official rated and authoritatively suggested probable F5 tornadoes
ever recorded. Also included are the official Enhanced Fujita Scale
EF5 tornadoes – the replacement of the older tornado classification system in the United States
– which came into effect in February 2007. Since 1950, there have been 59 confirmed tornadoes rated F5 or EF5 in the United States and one in Canada.
Since structures are completely destroyed in both cases, the identification and assignment of scale between an EF4 tornado and an EF5 is often very difficult.
Official F5 tornadoes
The tornadoes on this list have been officially rated F5 by an official government source. Unless otherwise noted, the tornadoes on this list have been rated F5 by the National Weather Service
, as shown in the archives of the Storm Prediction Center
and National Climatic Data Center
No tornadoes before 1950 were officially ranked F5, due to inadequate engineering data and other information on the historical tornadoes. From 1950 - 1970 tornadoes were assessed retrospectively, primarily using information recorded in government... Read More