New Iowa Tornado Record Looming
Iowa’s on the verge of setting a new record for fewest tornadoes in the calendar year.
Jeff Johnson, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says Iowa’s tornado season is essentially over already, though he’s quick to remind that twisters can appear during any month of the year.
“Right now, we’ve seen 15 tornadoes in the state of Iowa for 2013,” Johnson says. “Compared to normal, the average number we get here is 47 so we’re quite a bit below normal.”
This year began with one of Iowa’s coldest, wettest springs on record, which is not conducive to tornadoes.
“Then, we did get active for a while in May and June which we typically do and that’s when we picked up the brunt of these tornadoes,” Johnson says. “Then, much like 2012, we got into a drought situation and the lack of thunderstorm activity really put the kibosh on these numbers.”
Iowa’s current record for fewest tornadoes in a year stands at 16 — which we reached last year, which was also year of a severe drought. The new record looms, but we’ll have to remain tornado-free through January.