ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Think you’re a weather buff who knows their stuff? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

Which country has the most tornadoes in the world?

Tornadoes have been observed in every continent, except for Antarctica. These violent storms are most common in the mid-latitudes where conditions are often favorable for convective storm development.

In the mid-latitudes, cold polar air can clash with warm tropical air, which helps create storms along boundaries. Winds travel at various speeds and directions between these latitudes which allows thunderstorms to have some rotation.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, the United States of America has more than 1,200 tornadoes annually. Canada comes in second with an average of 60 confirmed tornadoes per year.

The lower 48 of the United States has an ideal environment for severe thunderstorm development; these storm form when dry cold air moving south from Canada meets warm moist air traveling north from the Gulf of Mexico. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, tornadoes have been reported in all fifty states.