Temporal and Spatial Analysis of Tornado Cases in Turkey

Yavuz V., Deniz A.

MESAEP-18th International Symposium on Environmental Pollution and Its Impact on Life in the Mediterranean Region, Athens, Greece, 26 - 30 September 2015, pp.97

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Athens
  • Country: Greece
  • Page Numbers: pp.97
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The importance of meteorology has increased considerably due to increasing number of natural disasters in recent years. In summer extremely above the normal level temperatures, in winter extremely below the normal level temperatures, heavy rainfalls, extreme winds, large hail, lightning and tornadoes have started to seeing more in Turkey. In this study, tornado, one of the rare event that we begin to see much more in recent years, was investigated. Both tornado types which occuring on land or sea examined together in this study. After giving general information about the tornado, the first analysis was made that is about the number of tornadoes between the years 1997 and 2015. Then cities seen the tornado and how many tornado events seen in this period was investigated, these cities has been examined with regard to how the tornado is suitable for the region.

After that statistical analysis was performed regarding mortalities caused by the tornadoes. According to the results obtained from the study, 68 % of tornadoes occured on land and 32 % of tornadoes occured on the sea. 17 people died and 71 people were injured in this period because of tornadoes. All mortal cases have occured as a result of tornado occured on land. A total of 263 cases examined in the study, 90 cases occured in Antalya and Mersin, Muğla and İstanbul was followed it respectively. Only in Antalya, 3 people lost their lives and 25 people injured result of tornadoes.