(Des Moines) With no severe weather in the forecast until Saturday night, today could be one for the record books for the longest stretch without a report of a tornado in Iowa.
In fact the last time one occurred was on May 24, 2012 in Fayette County. This marks the 356 day since that event, which would break the previous record in Iowa which occurred between May 5, 1955 and April 26, 1956. The next threat for severe weather is not expected until Saturday night.
The National Weather Service calls this streak impressive, however reporting standards in the 1950’s were not nearly as robust and comprehensive as they are now. Doppler radar and the growth of storm chasing and spotter networks, as well as the use of cell phones and the internet, have greatly facilitated the observing and reporting of tornadoes.
May 15, 2013