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Below is a map and listing of the tornadoes that have occurred across Iowa so far in 2014. KMZ files for many of the tracks can be downloaded and viewed in Google Earth by clicking on the appropriate icon in the table following the map.

Please note that all information on this page is considered preliminary and may change at any time. Contour lines are often interpolated and may not encompass the full extent of the damage. Surveying procedures and usage of the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT), which is used to generate the close-up map views and KMZ files, varies between NWS offices. Weak tornadoes that are not surveyed or have no damage path are often not entered into the DAT. This page will be updated as time and resources allow.

Last Updated on 08/14/2014


***Preliminary*** 2014 Iowa Tornado Summary



The year 2014 saw a substantial rebound in Iowa's tornado activity after two quiet years that set records for the earliest ending to the tornado season (2012) and longest stretch of time between tornadoes (359 days from 2012 - 2013). In fact, the 52 tornadoes recorded thus far in 2014 is more than 2012 (16) and 2013 (28) combined and above the 46 tornadoes that Iowa sees in a typical tornado season (averaged over the years 1980-2013). Over half of the tornadoes this year were weak EF0s that were generally very short-lived. All but three of remaining tornadoes were rated EF1, and the three EF2 tornadoes caused limited damage at this magnitude. The monthly breakdown of tornado activity was fairly close to climatology as well, with June seeing the most tornadoes of any month of the year (31), followed by nine in July and eight in May. The latter part of summer and the fall typically sees minimal tornado activity, but late season outbreaks can be rather prolific as was shown on October 4, 2013.

The first tornado of the season caused some minor house damage near Osceola on March 27 and was followed by a weak tornado near Lone Tree on April 13. On April 27, a squall line produced a broad, intermittent tornado track along a 46 mile stretch from Wapello to Johnson County that unfortunately killed two people. Widespread straight-line wind damage also occurred in SE Iowa with this complex. All of May's tornadoes occurred on May 11, with three in NW Iowa and another four touching down in west central Iowa. Two of these tornadoes damaged trees, homes, and powerlines along Lake Panorama.

The latter half of June witnessed multiple tornado events, starting on June 16 with 12 tornadoes skipping across the northern half of Iowa. Most of the tornadoes were rain-wrapped and embedded within a larger straight-line wind storm, but several isolated storms on the southern flank of the complex produced two highly visible tornadoes. Five tornadoes struck Iowa on June 29 and eight on June 30, one of which struck the town of Traer with damage up to EF2. Traer would just dodge the bullet on July 6 when a very photogenic tornado tracked just to the north and east of town. This tornado was one of nine tornadoes to touch down during the afternoon of July 6. Another tornado skirted the town of Reinbeck while other highly visible tornadoes were reported in Hamilton, Butler, Jasper, Guthrie, and Benton counties.



***Preliminary*** 2014 Iowa Tornado Map



Instructions: The map below provides an overview of tornadoes that have occurred thus far in 2014 in Iowa. Click each icon/track for statistics and a summary of that tornado. For more information about a particular tornado, please select the "View Map" icon in the following table for that tornado. An interactive map will open up in a new internet browser window.

Total Iowa Tornadoes: 52
EF0 (29)
EF1 (20)
EF2 (3)
EF3 (0)
EF4 (0)
EF5 (0)
***Preliminary*** 2014 Iowa Tornado Listing
Click each date for storm survey or event summaries (for select events). Data in red font is still being investigated or is incomplete.
# Date Time
(Local - CDT/CST))

Counties

Start Location EF Rating Path Length Injuries/
Deaths
Radar
Loop
View Map KMZ File
1. 03/27/2014 4:41pm - 4:43pm Clarke 3.1 mi S of Osceola EF0 0.73 mi 0/0
2. 04/13/2014 5:56pm - 5:58pm Johnson 0.9 mi W of Lone Tree EF0 1.30 mi 0/0
3. 04/27/2014
Article #1
Article #2
3:20pm - 4:06pm Wapello
Keokuk
Iowa
Johnson
2.2 mi ENE of
Highland Center
EF1 45.60 mi 0/2
4. 04/27/2014 4:40pm Linn 2.8 mi N of Lisbon EF0 0.50 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
5. 05/11/2014 4:24pm Lee 2.4 mi NW of Charleston EF0 0.10 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
6. 05/11/2014 8:35pm - 8:46pm Sioux 6.0 mi WNW of Hospers EF1 4.10 mi 0/0
7. 05/11/2014 8:50pm - 8:52pm Sioux 2.4 mi NNW of Hospers EF0 0.86 mi 0/0
8. 05/11/2014 8:59pm - 9:01pm O'Brien 2.8 mi E of Sheldon EF0  0.49 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
9. 05/11/2014 9:43pm - 9:58pm Guthrie 4.5 mi S of Guthrie Center EF2 10.99 mi 0/0
10. 05/11/2014 9:56pm - 10:03pm Guthrie 3.8 mi NW of Panora EF1 4.57 mi 0/0
11. 05/11/2014 10:21pm - 10:27pm Dallas 3.6 mi NNW of Dallas Center EF0 6.00 mi 0/0
12. 05/11/2014 10:44pm - 10:46pm Boone 3.0 mi SE of Luther EF0 1.71 mi 0/0
13. 06/01/2014 12:42pm - 12:44pm Winnebago 1.2 mi SE of Buffalo Center EF0  1.09 mi 0/0
14. 06/03/2014 Unknown Pottawttamie 8.3 mi WNW of Oakland EF2 2.9 mi 0/0
15. 06/16/2014 3:43pm-3:44pm Lyon 2.1 mi S of Larchwood EF0 0.20 mi 0/0 N/A N/A N/A
16. 06/16/2014 5:44pm - 5:55pm Pocahontas
Palo Alto
1.3 mi NNW of Plover EF0 6.12 mi 0/0
17. 06/16/2014 6:22pm - 6:30pm Humboldt 4.6 mi SW of Hardy EF0 4.81 mi 0/0
18. 06/16/2014 6:48pm - 6:53pm Cerro Gordo 6.0 mi NE of Clear Lake EF1 3.16 mi 0/0 N/A
19. 06/16/2014 6:52pm - 6:56pm Wright
Franklin
3.0 mi SW of Meservey EF1 2.58 mi 0/0
20. 06/16/2014 6:56pm - 6:57pm Cerro Gordo 5.1 mi N of Mason City EF0 1.11 mi 0/0
21. 06/16/2014 7:39pm - 7:46pm Butler 2.9 mi NW of Allison EF1 4.75 mi 0/0
22. 06/16/2014 7:45pm - 7:48pm Butler 3.0 mi NE of Allison EF1 1.78 mi 0/0
23. 06/16/2014 7:52pm - 7:55pm Butler 1.8 mi E of Clarksville EF1 2.20 mi 0/0
24. 06/16/2014 8:12pm - 8:16pm Bremer 3.9 mi WNW of Tripoli EF0 2.02 mi 0/0
25. 06/16/2014 9:30pm - 9:55pm Buchanan
Delaware
4.2 mi S of Lamont EF1 13.90 mi 0/0 N/A
26. 06/16/2014 10:05pm - 10:06pm
Benton 1.2 mi SW of Atkins EF0 0.07 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
27. 06/17/2014 11:27pm - 11:28pm Lyon 5.5 mi S of George EF0 0.30 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
28. 06/18/2014 1:15am - 1:16am Clay 2.9 mi WNW of Royal EF0 0.20 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
29. 06/19/2014 1:30pm - 1:31pm Clay SE Spencer EF0 0.15 mi 0.0 N/A N/A
30. 06/19/2014 Unknown Delaware 2.2 mi SW of Delaware EF1 15.69 mi 0/0 N/A N/A N/A
31. 06/29/2014 7:28pm - 7:33pm Hamilton  3.1 mi ENE of Stanhope EF0  2.05 mi 0/0
32. 06/29/2014 8:08pm - 8:09pm Shelby 1.8 mi WSW of Panama EF0 0.50 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
33. 06/29/2014 8:18pm - 8:22pm Grundy  0.9 mi W of Morrison  EF1 1.91 mi 0/0
34. 06/29/2014 8:25pm - 8:28pm Hardin 1.5 mi SSW of Gifford  EF1 1.33 mi 0/0
35. 06/29/2014 10:36pm Jones 2.5 mi NE of Wyoming EF0 0.10 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
36. 06/30/2014 12:42pm - 12:50pm Adair 4.0 mi SE of Casey EF1 7.68 mi 0/0
37. 06/30/2014 1:02pm - 1:25pm Story
Marshall
Hardin
1.7 mi E of Zearing EF1 12.86 mi 0/0
38. 06/30/2014 1:13pm - 1:14pm Madison 5.7 mi NE of Winterset EF1 1.34 mi 0/0
39. 06/30/2014 1:15pm - 1:23pm Madison 3.9 mi NW of Patterson EF1 6.50 mi 0/0
40. 06/30/2014 1:15pm - 1:26pm Marshall
Hardin
2.6 mi W of Bangor EF0 6.57 mi 0/0
41. 06/30/2014 1:27pm - 1:29pm Warren 1.0 mi N of Martensdale EF1 2.06 mi 0/0
42. 06/30/2014 2:02pm - 2:10pm Tama 3.3 mi NW of Traer EF2 3.99 mi 0/0
43. 06/30/2014 2:27pm - 2:28pm Benton 2.2 mi W of Urbana EF1 0.43 mi 0/0 N/A
44. 07/06/2014 6:03pm - 6:04pm Hamilton 2.5 mi NW of Jewell EF0 0.56 mi 0/0
45. 07/06/2014 7:00pm - 7:01pm Butler 2.6 mi SE of Kesley EF0 0.40 mi 0/0
46. 07/06/2014 7:58pm - 8:07pm Grundy 2.1 mi NW of Reinbeck EF1 3.24 mi 0/0
47. 07/06/2014 8:08pm - 8:11pm Grundy
Tama
1.9 mi SSE of Reinbeck EF0 1.49 mi 0/0
48. 07/06/2014 8:12pm - 8:37pm Tama 2.0 mi NNW of Dinsdale EF1 9.81 mi 0/0
49. 07/06/2014 8:41pm - 8:42pm Guthrie 2.4 mi W of Dexter EF0 0.94 mi 0/0
50. 07/06/2014 8:45pm - 9:03pm Jasper 4.8 mi E of Baxter EF0 5.96 mi 0/0
51. 07/06/2014 8:56pm Benton 7 mi NNW of Keystone EF0 0.10 mi 0/0 N/A N/A
52. 07/06/2014 9:15pm - 9:16pm Jasper 3.1 mi WNW of Kellogg EF0 0.52 mi 0/0

 


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