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Information last updated on 12/04/2018

Above is a map of the tornadoes that occurred across Iowa in 2018. 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 these tornadoes is 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.


2018 Iowa Tornado Summary  

    A total of 69 tornadoes occurred across the state of Iowa in 2018.  The first tornado of the year did not occur until May 3rd which is around a month later than usual.  Four tornadoes occurred on that day with two in southwest Jasper county, one in northern Marion county and the last near Olin in Jones county.  All were weak and short lived with only crop and tree damage noted.  The next tornado occurrence was on Memorial Day when a weak tornado occurred southeast of Plover in Pocahontas county.  Another similar tornado spun-up on the next day just northeast of Ames and remained over cropland.  The tornadoes in June occurred mainly on two days, the 9th and 20th.  Three tornadoes touched down on June 9th in northern Iowa with two EF1 tornadoes occurring, one near Forest City and the other southeast of Winthrop.  On the 20th, six EF0 tornadoes occurred, mainly in central Iowa.  The largest outbreak of the year and also the largest since November 2015 occurred on July 19th when 21 tornadoes touchdown across the state.  The most significant tornadoes were two EF3's.  One passed just northeast of Pella but hit the Vermeer manufacturing plant on the east side of town, producing 13 injuries.  The other EF3 formed northwest of Marshalltown and produced a path of destruction from the northwest side of town, through the middle of the business district, exiting the east side of town over the Lennox plant.  This tornado produced 22 injuries along with damages estimated over $200 million.  A few weak tornadoes occurred in eastern Iowa in the later half of August producing minimal damage.  September saw twelve more tornadoes added to the total for the year including a 5 mile long tornado which caused damage in Superior, Iowa.   The last two tornado days of the year occurred on October 8th and 9th with a combined 13 tornadoes.  One of the tornadoes on the 8th moved through northeast Clarke county injuring one individual.  


 

2018 Iowa Tornado Listing
Click each date for storm survey or event summaries (for select events)
# Date Time - Local
(CDT/CST)
Counties Start Location EF Rating Path
Length
Injuries/
Deaths
Radar
Loop
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Office
1. 05/03/2018 7:46pm - 7:47pm Jasper 3.8 mi SSW of Priarie City EF0 0.43 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
2. 05/03/2018 7:48pm - 7:50pm Marion 3.8 mi ENE of Swan EF0 1.07 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
3. 05/03/2018 7:56pm - 7:57pm Jasper 4.7 mi E of Prairie City  EF0 0.39 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
4. 05/03/2018 11:15pm - 11:17pm Jones 0.4 mi NW of Olin EF0 0.10 mi 0/0   N/A DVN
5. 05/28/2018 2:20pm - 2:22pm Pocahontas 2.5 mi ESE of Plover EF0 0.87 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
6. 05/29/2018 3:58pm - 4:01pm Story 3.9 mi ENE of Ames EF0 0.30 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
7. 06/09/2018 3:07pm - 3:13pm Winnebago 2.0 mi S of Leland EF1 2.75 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
8. 06/09/2018 3:36pm - 3:38pm Cerro Gordo 5.3 mi NNW of Clear Lake EF0 1.18 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
9. 06/09/2018 9:36pm - 9:37pm Buchanan 6.0 mi SE of Winthrop EF1 0.10 mi 0/0   N/A DVN
10. 06/11/2018 6:59pm - 7:00pm Fremont Mc Paul EF0 0.10 mi 0/0   N/A   OAX
11. 06/18/2018 5:00pm - 5:02pm Mills 0.7 SSE Pacific Jct EF0 0.25 mi 0/0   N/A   OAX
12. 06/20/2018 2:18pm - 2:29pm Dallas/Boone 0.8 mi E of the Perry Airport EF0 2.78 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
13. 06/20/2018 2:20pm - 2:24pm Greene 1.8 mi NNW of Scranton EF0 0.57 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
14. 06/20/2018 2:31pm - 2:39pm Keokuk 1.0 mi ESE of Delta EF0 6.30 mi 0/0   N/A DVN
15. 06/20/2018 2:43pm - 2:45pm Webster 1.8 ESE Lanyon EF0 0.69 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
16. 06/20/2018 3:27pm - 3:28pm Hardin 3.1 mi SE of Eldora EF0 0.27 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
17. 06/20/2018 5:15pm - 5:17pm Wapello 3.8 mi NNE of Blakesburg EF0 0.51 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
18. 06/25/2018 5:14pm - 5:16pm Ringgold 0.7 SW of Delphos EF0 0.73 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
19. 07/19/2018 2:30pm - 2:37pm Wright 5.5 ESE Eagle Grove EF0 3.50 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
20. 07/19/2018 2:35pm - 2:47pm Wright 3.7 E Woolstock EF0 4.43 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
21. 07/19/2018 2:42pm - 2:45pm Wright 7.0 E Woolstock EF0 1.28 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
22. 07/19/2018 2:48pm - 2:49pm Polk 1.7 ENE Ankeny EF0 0.88 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
23. 07/19/2018 2:50pm - 3:02pm Polk 2.3 NW Bondurant EF2 3.69 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
24. 07/19/2018 2:51pm - 3:00pm Polk 1.7 W Bondurant EF2 2.95 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
25. 07/19/2018 2:52pm - 2:57pm Story 3.1 W Story City EF0 2.07 mi  0/0   N/A DMX
26. 07/19/2018 2:56pm - 3:05pm Hamilton 0.9 NW Blairsburg EF0 2.67 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
27. 07/19/2018 3:18pm - 3:24pm Jasper 5.2 WSW Colfax EF0 2.35 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
28. 07/19/2018 3:22pm - 3:30pm Story 1.0 NE Roland EF0 2.79 mi  0/0   N/A DMX
29. 07/19/2018 3:28pm - 3:34pm Jasper 2.0 SSE Prairie City EF0 2.62 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
30. 07/19/2018 3:35pm - 3:40pm Story 1.4 N Collins EF0 2.48 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
31. 07/19/2018 3:45pm - 3:52pm Jasper/Marion 1.9 ENE Monroe EF1 3.96 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
32. 07/19/2018 3:56pm - 3:58pm Marion 2.6 E Otley EF0 0.99 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
33. 07/19/2018 4:01pm - 4:24pm Marion/Mahaska 2.8 N Pella EF3 9.17 mi 13/0   N/A DMX
34. 07/19/2018 4:11pm - 4:13pm Marshall 1.4 SE Clemons EF0 0.85 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
35. 07/19/2018 4:15pm - 4:18pm Mahaska 6.7 NW Leighton EF0 1.16 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
36. 07/19/2018 4:24pm - 4:47pm Marshall 1.4 W Marietta EF3 8.41 mi 22/0   N/A DMX
37. 07/19/2018 4:50pm - 4:53pm Mahaska 5.0 SSE Oskaloosa EF0 1.24 mi 0/0   N/A DMX
38. 07/19/2018 6:07pm - 6:15pm Van Buren 4.9 N Keosauqua EF1 2.14 mi 0/0   N/A DVN
39. 07/19/2018 6:09pm - 6:11pm Van Buren 1.2 NNE Keosauqua EF1 0.19 mi 0/0   N/A DVN
40. 8/5/2018 3:45am - 3:46am Buena Vista 5.2 W Linn Grove EF0 0.27 mi 0/0   N/A   FSD
41. 08/16/2018 6:08pm Jones Oxford Junction EF0 0.10 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
42. 08/20/2018 3:49pm - 3:51pm Clinton 2.2 E Delmar EF0 0.50 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
43. 08/28/2018 7:09pm - 7:14pm Scott/Clinton 4.3 N Donahue EF0 4.10 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
44. 09/03/2018 4:40pm - 4:41pm Benton 5.1 NNE Van Horne EF0 0.01 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
45. 09/03/2018 4:45pm - 4:46pm Benton 4.4 SSE Vinton EF0 0.01 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
46. 09/03/2018 5:31pm - 5:46pm Linn 2.7 NW Alburnett EF1 4.98 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
47. 09/03/2018 6:08pm - 6:09pm Linn 1.5 W Prairieburg EF0 0.01 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
48. 09/03/2018 9:08pm - 9:14pm Linn NW Side Cedar Rapids EF1 2.18 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
49. 09/04/2018 3:35pm - 3:37pm Kossuth 6.6 WSW Algona EF1 1.22 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
50. 9/20/2018

5:21pm - 5:28pm

Dickinson/Emmet 0.7 SW Superior EF1 5.07 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
51. 9/21/2018 1:27am - 1:28am Jackson 2.4 NNE Springbrook EF0 0.30 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
52. 9/25/2018 1:26pm - 1:27pm Henry 2.8 WNW Winfield EF0 0.27 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
53. 9/25/2018 1:30pm - 1:31pm Linn 1.1 S Alburnett EF1 0.12 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
54. 9/25/2018 1:53pm - 1:54pm Cedar 1.2 SSE Mechanicsville EF0 0.05 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
55. 9/25/2018 2:14pm - 2:16pm Henry 1 NW Winfield EF1 1.05 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
56. 10/3/2018 9:59pm - 10:00pm Jones 1.4 ESE Center Junction EF0 0.70 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
57. 10/8/2018 6:22pm - 6:32pm Guthrie 3 NW Yale EF0 5.91 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
58. 10/8/2018 7:53pm - 8:01pm Clarke 4.9 N Woodburn EF1 4.98 mi  1/0   N/A   DMX
59. 10/9/2018 3:24pm - 3:27pm Appanoose 3.7 SSW Centerville EF0 1.63 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
60. 10/9/2018 3:34pm - 3:35pm Appanoose 2.1 SSE Rathbun EF0 0.45 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
61. 10/9/2018 2:58pm - 2:59pm Benton 1 SE Blairstown EF0 0.01 mi 0/0   N/A   DVN
62. 10/9/2018 4:14pm - 4:18pm Poweshiek 0.8 NW Ewart EF0 1.77 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
63. 10/9/2018 4:20pm - 4:25pm Poweshiek/Tama 8.9 NNW Brooklyn EF0 2.28 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
64. 10/9/2018 4:35pm - 4:41pm Ringgold 4.7 NW Maloy EF0 3.13 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
65. 10/9/2018 5:09pm - 5:15pm Union 2.4 ESE Cromwell EF1 2.30 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
66. 10/9/2018 5:21pm - 5:25pm Black Hawk/Bremer 4.5 N Waterloo Airport EF0 1.90 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
67. 10/9/2018 5:42pm - 5:47pm  Adair 4.9 E Orient EF0 3.05 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
68. 10/9/2018 5:58pm - 6:01pm Adair 8.5 NE Greenfield EF0 1.57 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX
69. 10/9/2018 6:03pm - 6:08pm Adair 10.3 NE Greenfield EF1 2.71 mi 0/0   N/A   DMX

 


* Red entries indicate that the information is still under review

 

Track lengths use polylines created in the NWS Damage Assessment Toolkit when available, which may be longer than the official Storm Data track (derived from start and end points only).