Tornadoes in Iowa 2009

                                ...A QUIET YEAR FOR TORNADOES...

THE CONVECTIVE SEASON FOR IOWA IN 2009 HAS BEEN RELATIVELY QUIET
AFTER A VERY ACTIVE SEASON IN 2008.  SO FAR THIS YEAR...ONLY
EIGHTEEN TORNADOES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE STATE.  THIS COMPARES TO 101
TORNADOES THROUGH THE END OF JULY IN 2008 AND AN AVERAGE OF 44
THROUGH THE END OF JULY SINCE 1980.  IF THIS NUMBER OF TORNADOES
HOLDS THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR...THIS WILL BE THE FEWEST
TORNADOES IN THE STATE SINCE 1980.  THE LAST TIME THE STATE SAW THIS
FEW TORNADOES IN A YEAR WAS IN 1976 WHEN EIGHTEEN TORNADOES ALSO
OCCURRED.  THE TORNADOES HAVE ALSO BEEN WEAK WITH FOURTEEN EF0`S,
THREE EF1`S, AND ONE EF2.



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