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Lack of severe weather through June is rather unprecedented

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 10:05 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - While we have had several rounds of storms go through the area so far this year, the overall lack of severe weather associated with those in our area is rather unprecedented. After combing through records that go back to about 1995, this year is the first instance I can find that Douglas, Sarpy & Pottawattamie have not been included in a Tornado Watch up through June 30th. This map of all issued Tornado Watches to date in 2021 shows just that.

Tornado Watches to Date
Tornado Watches to Date(WOWT)

This is based on data tabulated by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Also of note, the low number of Severe Thunderstorm & Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service office in Valley that serves most of our viewing area. This graph shows that those numbers are at almost a 15 year low. (Courtesy: Iowa Environmental Mesonet)

Total Warnings
Total Warnings(WOWT)

This doesn’t tell us much about where we are heading for the rest of summer but it does tell us we made it through our 2 most active severe weather months of the year with very little in the way of destructive weather.

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