You might say that 2014 was not an average year when it came to thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Residents in Oklahoma always prepare for the worst each tornado season, but in 2014, only thirteen twisters were reported in the Sooner state.
For the second year in a row, the Atlantic hurricane season was below average. There were ten tropical cyclones, eight of which became tropical storms. Six storms became hurricanes and just two of those were Category 3 or higher according to the National Hurricane Center. States like Florida and Louisiana who have bared the brunt of summertime storms were spared from damage again this year.
With Texas being large in size, it is no surprise that it had the greatest number of severe storms; 1290. Of those, 61 were reported tornadoes. Kansas came in second with 1231 severe weather events including tornadoes, large hail and high winds above 58 miles per hour. Nebraska was the third ranking state with 1077.
The Storm Prediction Center rates the Top Ten Tornado Days of 2014.
1) April 28, 2014 – The biggest tornado outbreak of the year occurred across the South in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia. Severe weather broke out as early as April 26th and continued through April 29th. There were 122 preliminary reports of tornadoes, the strongest being an EF-4 tornado that hit Louisville, Mississippi. 10 people were killed.
April 28, 2014 Tornado Coverage on WVUA-TV via You Tube – Richard Scott
2) April 27, 2014 – Explosive thunderstorms development occurred during the late afternoon on this Sunday producing tornadoes across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. One person was killed in Quapaw, Oklahoma and Baxter Springs, Kansas when a twister created EF-2 damage. A large and violent tornado also slammed into Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. The twister killed 16 and was rated an EF-4; the first violent tornado of the year.
3) May 11, 2014 – Mother Day’s weekend was active with tornadoes across the nation’s heartland. Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri were the hardest hit. Eighty-percent of Orrick, Missouri, sustained heavy damage when a twister rated EF-2 produced estimated winds of 120 miles per hour. Baseball-sized hail battered areas near Great Bend, Kansas.
4) June 16, 2014 – One of the most picturesque supercells in years was the one which spawned the twin tornadoes in the Pilger, Nebraska, area. There were 35 preliminary tornado reports across Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
5) February 20, 2014 – While a blizzard was ongoing across Michigan and Wisconsin, plenty of warm moist air was in place across the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. A large trough of low pressure combined with strong winds aloft produced an outbreak of severe storms. Five people were hurt after a tornado caused a mobile home to overturn onto a vehicle in Deerborn, Missouri. An EF-2 twister struck the northeast side of Fort Payne, Alabama causing damage to a factory and homes. Another significant tornado hit Dublin, Georgia.
6) October 13, 2014 – Severe weather broke out across the South including Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and as far north as Illinois and Missouri. An EF-2 tornado struck Ashdown, Arkansas killing at least one person. Tornado damage also occurred in West Monroe, Louisiana.
7) June 17, 2014 – It was the continuation of the severe weather outbreak one day earlier. Residents were cleaning up following EF-4 damage in Pilger, Nebraska. More tornadoes touched down across Northern Nebraska, parts of Iowa, South Dakota, Michigan, Montana and New York state.
8) June 30, 2014 – There were 422 reports of severe weather including 28 tornadoes across Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois and Indiana. 4-inch diameter hail was measured in Rockwell City, Iowa. Tracer, Iowa suffered EF-2 tornado damage. There were 23 other EF-1 rated twisters from June 30-July 1.
9) June 18, 2014 – South Dakota was under the gun for numerous tornado reports. A large multi-vortex tornado was spotted near the town of Lane. Several homes were damaged by a tornado east of Stephan, South Dakota. Other tornadoes occurred in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
10) June 6, 2014 – There were 21 tornado reports across the High Plains, one of which caused damage east of Roggen, Colorado. Twisters also occurred in Texas, South Carolina, Kansas, New Mexico and Nebraska.
In 2014, there were 331 tornadoes across the United States in the month of June, more than any month this year. April ranked second with 220 tornadoes followed by May, July, and October.