Three Dozen Tornadoes Confirmed In Iowa So Far In 2023

Statewide Iowa — State Climatologist Justin Glisan says Iowa has been in a severe weather drought for the past three years.
So far this year, there have been three dozen confirmed tornadoes in the state.

Over the past four decades, Iowa has been averaging 48 tornadoes a year. June has generally been the peak month for tornado activity in Iowa, but it appears there’s been just one tornado reported in the state this month. There were multiple tornadoes on March 31st, though. The National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities confirmed at least 30 tornadoes in eastern Iowa and western Illinois on that date.

Warm, humid air near the ground and cold, dry air above are the ingredients that spawn a tornado out of a thunderstorm.

But Glisan says the latest research indicates relative humidity will be trending upward in the years ahead. Glisan made his comments during a recent appearance on Iowa Press on Iowa PBS.

So far in 2023, the 4-county broadcast area has not yet had a confirmed tornado. The nearest confirmed tornado to the broadcast area happened when an EF-0 tornado happened on May 13. On that day the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, reported that the tornado happened in Buena Vista county north east of the city of Newell, and traveling just under two miles before dissipating.


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