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Kansas Records 3rd Fewest January-May Tornadoes in 2014


While 2014 has recorded its share of tornadoes across Kansas, most notably the damaging Baxter Springs EF-2 on April 27th, much of the state has remained relatively tornado-free this spring. In fact, preliminary data from the Storm Prediction Center suggests only 13 tornadoes have touched down across the Sunflower State in 2014 through the month of May (since this number is preliminary, it may be subject to change). This is well below the 1990-2013 January-May average of 56 tornadoes, and ranks as the 3rd fewest January-May tornado count.


January-May Kansas Tornadoes Since 1990 (Average = 56)
Most  Least 
2007 134 1994 8
2008 132 1992 12
1991 110 2014* 13
2012 92 1998 18
2004 72 2000 22
*Preliminary count and subject to change



Kansas January-May daily running tornado totals since 1990. Shown are maximum and minimum tornado years, 1990-2013 average and 2014. Click the graph to enlarge. Data courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center.