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Total Iowa Tornadoes: 88
EF0 (61)
EF1 (24)
EF2 (3)
EF3 (0)
EF4 (0)
EF5 (0)
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Above is a map of the tornadoes that occurred across Iowa in 2014. Mouse over each icon to view more information on that tornado, which will appear in the box to the right. A season summary and table of the tornadoes are provided below. Detailed KMZ files for many of the tracks can be downloaded and viewed in Google Earth by clicking on the appropriate icon in the table below. To download the full year map shown above, click the download button below.

Please note: Track lines and contours are often interpolated and may not encompass the full extent of the damage. Surveying procedures vary between NWS offices. Downloadable tracks may not be available for weak tornadoes that were not surveyed.


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 55 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, eight in May, and three in August and April. The autumn months typically see 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 power lines 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 a bullet a week later when a very photogenic tornado tracked just to the north and east of town on July 6. This tornado was one of nine tornadoes to touch down during that afternoon. One tornado skirted the town of Reinbeck while other highly visible tornadoes were reported in Hamilton, Butler, Jasper, Guthrie, and Benton counties. A brief tornado touched down in Emmet County on August 17 and caused no damage, followed by two touchdowns in Carroll and Webster counties on August 31 on the leading edge of a powerful squall line.


2014 Iowa Tornado Listing
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# Date Time - Local
(CDT/CST)
Counties Start Location EF Rating Path
Length
Injuries/
Deaths
Radar
Loop
View Map KMZ File Survey
Office
1. 03/27/2014 4:41pm - 4:43pm Clarke 3.1 mi S of Osceola EF0 0.73 mi 0/0 DMX
2. 04/13/2014 5:56pm - 5:58pm Johnson 0.9 mi W of Lone Tree EF0 1.30 mi 0/0 DVN
3. 04/27/2014 3:20pm - 4:06pm Wapello
Keokuk
Iowa
Johnson
2.2 mi ENE of
Highland Center
EF1 45.60 mi 0/2 DMX
DVN
4. 04/27/2014 4:40pm Linn 2.8 mi N of Lisbon EF0 0.50 mi 0/0 N/A N/A DVN
5. 05/11/2014 4:24pm Lee 2.4 mi NW of Charleston EF0 0.10 mi 0/0 N/A N/A DVN
6. 05/11/2014 8:35pm - 8:46pm Sioux 6.0 mi WNW of Hospers EF1 4.10 mi 0/0 FSD
7. 05/11/2014 8:50pm - 8:52pm Sioux 2.4 mi NNW of Hospers EF0 0.86 mi 0/0 FSD
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 FSD
9. 05/11/2014 9:43pm - 9:58pm Guthrie 4.5 mi S of Guthrie Center EF2 10.99 mi 0/0 DMX
10. 05/11/2014 9:56pm - 10:03pm Guthrie 3.8 mi NW of Panora EF1 4.57 mi 0/0 DMX
11. 05/11/2014 10:21pm - 10:27pm Dallas 3.6 mi NNW of
Dallas Center
EF0 6.00 mi 0/0 DMX
12. 05/11/2014 10:44pm - 10:46pm Boone 3.0 mi SE of Luther EF0 1.71 mi 0/0 DMX
13. 06/01/2014 12:42pm - 12:44pm Winnebago 1.2 mi SE of
Buffalo Center
EF0  1.09 mi 0/0 DMX
14. 06/03/2014 5:02pm - 5:05pm Pottawttamie 5.1 mi SE of Bentley EF2 2.81 mi 0/0 OAX
15. 06/16/2014 3:43pm - 3:44pm Lyon 2.0 mi NNW of Alvord EF0 0.20 mi 0/0 N/A N/A FSD
16. 06/16/2014 5:44pm - 5:55pm Pocahontas
Palo Alto
1.3 mi NNW of Plover EF0 6.12 mi 0/0 DMX
17. 06/16/2014 6:22pm - 6:30pm Humboldt 4.6 mi SW of Hardy EF0 4.81 mi 0/0 DMX
18. 06/16/2014 6:48pm - 6:53pm Cerro Gordo 6.0 mi NE of Clear Lake EF1 3.16 mi 0/0 DMX
19. 06/16/2014 6:52pm - 6:56pm Wright
Franklin
3.0 mi SW of Meservey EF1 2.58 mi 0/0 DMX
20. 06/16/2014 6:56pm - 6:57pm Cerro Gordo 5.1 mi N of Mason City EF0 1.11 mi 0/0 DMX
21. 06/16/2014 7:39pm - 7:46pm Butler 2.9 mi NW of Allison EF1 4.75 mi 0/0 DMX
22. 06/16/2014 7:45pm - 7:48pm Butler 3.0 mi NE of Allison EF1 1.78 mi 0/0 DMX
23. 06/16/2014 7:52pm - 7:55pm Butler 1.8 mi E of Clarksville EF1 2.20 mi 0/0 DMX
24. 06/16/2014 8:12pm - 8:16pm Bremer 3.9 mi WNW of Tripoli EF0 2.02 mi 0/0 DMX
25. 06/16/2014 9:30pm - 9:55pm Buchanan
Delaware
4.2 mi S of Lamont EF1 13.90 mi 0/0 DVN
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 DVN
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 FSD
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 FSD
29. 06/19/2014 1:30pm - 1:31pm Clay SE Spencer EF0 0.15 mi 0/0 N/A N/A FSD
30. 06/19/2014 3:04pm - 3:28pm Delaware 2.1 mi SW of Delaware EF1 15.69 mi 0/0 N/A N/A DVN
31. 06/29/2014 7:28pm - 7:33pm Hamilton  3.1 mi ENE of Stanhope EF0  2.05 mi 0/0 DMX
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 OAX
33. 06/29/2014 8:18pm - 8:22pm Grundy  0.9 mi W of Morrison  EF1 1.91 mi 0/0 DMX
34. 06/29/2014 8:25pm - 8:28pm Hardin 1.5 mi SSW of Gifford  EF1 1.33 mi 0/0 DMX
35. 06/29/2014 10:36pm Jones 2.5 mi NE of Wyoming EF0 0.10 mi 0/0 N/A N/A DVN
36. 06/30/2014 12:42pm - 12:50pm Adair 4.0 mi SE of Casey EF1 7.68 mi 0/0 DMX
37. 06/30/2014 1:02pm - 1:25pm Story
Marshall
Hardin
1.7 mi E of Zearing EF1 12.86 mi 0/0 DMX
38. 06/30/2014 1:13pm - 1:14pm Madison 5.7 mi NE of Winterset EF1 1.34 mi 0/0 DMX
39. 06/30/2014 1:15pm - 1:23pm Madison 3.9 mi NW of Patterson EF1 6.50 mi 0/0 DMX
40. 06/30/2014 1:15pm - 1:26pm Marshall
Hardin
2.6 mi W of Bangor EF0 6.57 mi 0/0 DMX
41. 06/30/2014 1:27pm - 1:29pm Warren 1.0 mi N of Martensdale EF1 2.06 mi 0/0 DMX
42. 06/30/2014 2:02pm - 2:10pm Tama 3.3 mi NW of Traer EF2 3.99 mi 0/0 DMX
43. 06/30/2014 2:27pm - 2:28pm Benton 2.2 mi W of Urbana EF1 0.43 mi 0/0 DVN
44. 07/06/2014 6:03pm - 6:04pm Hamilton 2.5 mi NW of Jewell EF0 0.56 mi 0/0 DMX
45. 07/06/2014 7:00pm - 7:01pm Butler 2.6 mi SE of Kesley EF0 0.40 mi 0/0 DMX
46. 07/06/2014 7:58pm - 8:07pm Grundy 2.1 mi NW of Reinbeck EF1 3.24 mi 0/0 DMX
47. 07/06/2014 8:08pm - 8:11pm Grundy
Tama
1.9 mi SSE of Reinbeck EF0 1.49 mi 0/0 DMX
48. 07/06/2014 8:12pm - 8:37pm Tama 2.0 mi NNW of Dinsdale EF1 9.81 mi 0/0 DMX
49. 07/06/2014 8:41pm - 8:42pm Guthrie 2.4 mi W of Dexter EF0 0.94 mi 0/0 DMX
50. 07/06/2014 8:45pm - 9:03pm Jasper 4.8 mi E of Baxter EF0 5.96 mi 0/0 DMX
51. 07/06/2014 8:56pm Benton 7 mi NNW of Keystone EF0 0.10 mi 0/0 N/A N/A DVN
52. 07/06/2014 9:15pm - 9:16pm Jasper 3.1 mi WNW of Kellogg EF0 0.52 mi 0/0 DMX
53. 08/17/2014 7:00pm - 7:02pm Emmet 2.5 mi SSW of Doliver EF0 0.83 mi 0/0 DMX
54. 08/31/2014 6:33pm - 6:38pm Crawford 2.3 SE Kenwood EF0 1.31 mi 0/0  

N/A

  DMX
55. 08/31/2014 6:44pm - 6:50pm Sac 2.3 SW Odebolt EF0 2.13 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
56. 08/31/2014 7:26pm - 7:29pm Crawford 3.8 SE Vail EF0 3.35 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
57. 08/31/2014 7:30pm - 7:32pm Crawford 2.8 S Westside EF0 0.71 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
58. 08/31/2014 7:34pm - 7:44pm Carroll 3.0 WNW Halbur EF0 4.96 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
59. 08/31/2014 7:35pm - 7:38pm Crawford 2.3 SSW Westside EF0 0.94 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
60. 08/31/2014 7:38pm - 7:44pm Carroll 2.9 N Halbur EF0 2.64 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
61. 08/31/2014 7:45pm - 7:47pm Carroll 2.5 E Carroll EF0 0.70 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
62. 08/31/2014 7:47pm - 7:52pm Carroll 2.9 NW Carroll Airport EF0 1.58 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
63. 08/31/2014 7:54pm - 7:55pm Carroll 0.5 NW Lidderdale EF0 0.77 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
64. 08/31/2014 7:57pm - 8:07pm Carroll/Greene 3.7 NE Glidden EF0 5.64 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
65. 08/31/2014 8:11pm - 8:16pm Greene 3.6 NNE Farlin EF0 4.49 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
66. 08/31/2014 8:13pm - 8:14pm Calhoun 2.5 SSW Lohrville EF0 1.41 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
67. 08/31/2014 8:15pm - 8:25pm Greene/Webster 5.2 E Churdan EF0 9.79 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
68. 08/31/2014 8:19pm - 8:25pm Webster 2.6 W Lena EF0 5.18 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
69. 08/31/2014 8:24pm - 8:35pm Webster 2.1 W Lanyon EF0 6.42 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
70. 08/31/2014 8:35pm - 8:41pm Webster 2.4 NNW Dayton EF1 5.33 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
71. 08/31/2014 8:40pm - 8:45pm Webster/Hamilton 5.8 SE Lehigh EF1 4.62 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
72. 08/31/2014 8:41pm - 8:46pm Hamilton 0.7 ENE Stratford EF0 5.57 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
73. 08/31/2014 8:43pm - 8:48pm Boone/Hamilton 2.5 WNW Mackey EF1 4.96 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
74. 08/31/2014 8:43pm - 8:48pm Hamilton 3.4 W Stanhope EF0 3.86 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
75. 08/31/2014 8:46pm - 8:52pm Hamilton 1.5 NE Stanhope EF0 5.24 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
76. 08/31/2014 8:58pm - 9:00pm Hamilton 4.7 E Kamrar EF0 1.51 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
77. 08/31/2014 8:59pm - 9:04pm Hamilton/Wright 5.0 N Blairsburg EF0 4.60 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
78. 08/31/2014 9:06pm - 9:07pm Hamilton 3.0 SSE Williams EF0 1.17 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
79. 08/31/2014 9:08pm - 9:10pm Hamilton/Hardin 3.8 SE Williams EF1 2.63 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
80. 08/31/2014 9:11pm - 9:13pm Hardin 3.7 NW Buckeye EF0 2.17 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
81. 08/31/2014 9:35pm - 9:37pm Grundy 7.2 NW Wellsburg EF0 1.63 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
82. 08/31/2014 9:49pm - 9:50pm Butler 2.4 NNE Parkersburg EF0 1.05 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
83. 08/31/2014 10:00pm - 10:04pm Chickasaw 2.4 E Bassett EF0 2.99 mi 0/0   N/A   ARX
84. 08/31/2014 10:04pm - 10:07pm Black Hawk 3.5 NE Farmer EF0 2.07 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
85. 08/31/2014 10:08pm - 10:12pm Howard 2.3 NNE Elma EF0 3.89 mi 0/0   N/A   ARX
86. 08/31/2014 10:12pm - 10:15pm Howard 2.7 NNW Lourdes EF0 2.61 mi 0/0   N/A   ARX
87. 08/31/2014 10:12pm - 10:17pm Black Hawk 3.1 ESE Boies EF0 3.22 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
88. 08/31/2014 10:17pm - 10:24pm Bremer 1.2 SW Knittel EF0 4.98 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX