WICHITA, Kansas – In terms of tornado count, 2014 was the quietest season since 1989 (31 reported that year). There were only 40 tornadoes, and it ranked 41st in the 65 year record beginning in 1950.
Yet 2014 was still well above the record low tornado count, which occurred in 1976 when only 14 tornadoes were reported.
There were no violent tornadoes in Kansas in 2014, and fortunately only three strong tornadoes.
The strongest tornado an EF3 developed at 10:30 pm on June 3rd in Nemaha County, lasted about 13 minutes and resulted in two injuries. This tornado also produced the widest damage path estimated at 1,000 yards.
Another noteworthy tornado was an EF2 in Cherokee County on April 27th, which resulted in $10 million in damage and 25 injuries.
May is typically the most active month for tornadoes in Kansas, with a monthly average of 22 tornadoes normally accounting for 36 percent of the annual total. Tornadoes in May 2014 were confined to two successive days when one tornado developed on the 10th, followed by nine on the 11th.
Tornadoes: 40 (20 below the 1950-2014 average of 60) (40 below the past 30 year average of 80) (60 below the past 10 year average of 100)
Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 27
Longest track: 16.1 miles (Bourbon-Linn County, April 27, EF2)
Strongest: EF3 (Nemaha County, June 3)
Most in a county: 4 (Kearny)
Tornado days: 17 (Days with 1 or more tornadoes)
Most in one day: 9 (May 11)
Most in one month: 16 (June)
First tornado of the year: April 2 (Barber County, 6:55 pm CDT, EF0 0.26 mile length, 40 yard width)
Last tornado of the year: December 14 (Harper County, 5:38 pm CST, EF0 5.3 mile length, 100 yard width)
Length of tornado season: 257 days (Days between first and last tornado)