A tornado climatology of the County Warning Area (CWA) covered by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Raleigh, North Carolina in central North Carolina will be presented. An initial climatology will be completed across all of North Carolina focusing on the date, location, intensity, and track of tornadoes from 1950 to 2014. In addition, a more detailed analysis of tornadoes across central North Carolina in the Raleigh CWA will be completed. This analysis will focus on tornadoes subsequent to the deployment of the NWS Doppler radar in Raleigh (KRAX) in 1994 and extend up through 2014. These cases will be examined in much greater detail, focusing on the near-storm mesoscale environment utilizing RUC/RAP proximity soundings, radiosonde observations, and surface observations along with archive level-II radar data. Each event will be classified using common severe storm characteristics such as synoptic pattern including tropical cyclones, convective storm mode, and near-storm convective environment. In addition, other characteristics such as the time of tornado occurrence (daytime vs. nighttime) and the number of injuries and fatalities will be examined. By better understanding previous tornadic events in central North Carolina, it is hoped that forecast methods can be improved to help forecast and communicate the risk of tornadoes and contribute to the NWS Weather-Ready Nation initiative.