Longest Tornado Drought in 24 Years for Kansas! (5/4/2010)

By: NWS Wichita

Updated 3 May 2010 with Tornado Statistics that are available through the past 24 years (1986-2010).  Some numbers may be different than were present in previous story.  However, 2009-2010 still remains the longest Tornado-free stretch in this time period.

On Thursday April 22nd, 2010 a tornado was reported in Western Kansas. This was the first tornado reported in Kansas for 2010.  Prior to this tornado, the last tornado reported in Kansas was back on August 2nd 2009. This resulted in 262 days in which Kansas did not report a tornado, which in turn is the longest tornado drought in 24 years.  The graph below shows how many tornado-free days each year between 1986 and 2010. 

 

 

End Year of Tornado Free Days Actual Dates Number of Days
1987 9/22/1986 - 3/23/1987 181
1988 7/18/1987 - 3/24/1988 249
1989 11/15/1988 - 4/23/1989 158
1990 10/28/1989 - 3/11/1990 133
1991 8/15/1990 - 3/1/1991 197
1992 8/16/1991 - 3/5/1992 201
1993 10/8/1992 - 3/28/1993 170
1994 9/21/1993 - 4/9/1994 200
1995 9/8/1994 - 3/25/1995 197
1996 8/6/1995 - 3/24/1996 230
1997 9/18/1996 - 4/19/1997 212
1998 10/9/1997 - 4/6/1998 178
1999 11/10/1998 - 4/3/1999 143
2000 9/27/1999 - 3/7/2000 161
2001 11/1/2000 - 4/6/2001 155
2002 9/7/2001 - 4/11/2002 215
2003 12/18/2002 - 3/13/2003 84
2004 8/6/2003 - 3/27/2004 233
2005 8/28/2004 - 3/21/2005 204
2006 11/27/2005 - 1/28/2006 61
2007 10/26/2006 - 2/24/2007 120
2008 9/29/2007 - 3/2/2008 154
2009 11/10/2008 - 3/7/2009 116
2010 8/2/2009 - 4/22/2010 262
Average  

176

 

Rank from Most to Least Number of Tornado-Free Days for the State of Kansas

 

 

For the 26 counties covered by the National Weather Service in Wichita, the last tornado reported was back on July 20th 2009. This makes 286 days and counting (through 5-3-2010) that have elapsed since the last tornado was reported in central and southeast Kansas. See this story about Tornado Free Days for the Wichita forecast area.

 

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