Iowa Nearing Record, Almost A Year Without A Tornado

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa is close to breaking a state record for the longest stretch without a reported tornado. The National Weather Service says as of Wednesday it's been 349 days since a tornado touched down in the state.

The last recorded tornado was on May 24, 2012 in Fayette County.

The current state record is 355 days, set between May 5, 1955 and April 26, 1956. The record would be tied on Tuesday and broken next Wednesday.

Officials call the streak impressive because digital technology and spotter networks today are so comprehensive. There was a greater likelihood back in the 1950s for a tornado to occur without being reported.

The threat of severe weather appears minimal through early Tuesday. There is a chance of thunderstorms late Tuesday.

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