* Tornado activity in 2012 was not strictly limited to the region commonly referred to as "Tornado Alley". States outside this area experienced a significant number of tornadoes this year.
* January 2012 was one of the most active Januaries since recording began in 1950, with a total of 79 tornadoes reported across the country.
* Harrisburg, Illinois experienced the most concentrated destruction in late February, with more than 225 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed and an estimated $475 million in total damages.
Credit: MGN Online