Marion Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 3:10 PM CST on December 19, 2014

...Lowest number of Kansas tornadoes since 1989...

Only 40 tornadoes occurred across the Sunflower state in 2014...about 50 below the 1990-2014 annual Kansas average...and the lowest annual total since 1989...when only 31 tornadoes affected the state. This number is preliminary...and thus remains subject to slight revisions. The most Kansas tornadoes since 1990 occurred in 2008...when a whopping 187 twisters ravaged the state.

Additionally...only 20 tornado watches were issued across all or portions of Kansas in 2014. While this may seem like quite a few...it's only about one-half of the 1970-2014 annual Kansas average...and tied with 2012 for the 4th fewest since 1970. The third fewest is 18 in 2013...second fewest is 15 in 1987...and the fewest is 14 in 1988. The greatest number of Kansas tornado watches issued was 96 in 1996. Furthermore...the 3-year period from 2012-2014 recorded only 58 total tornado watches...second to the 1987-1989 3-year period when only 50 tornado watches were issued.

Finally...Sedgwick County (where Wichita is located) was never included in a Tornado Watch in 2014...the only time this has occurred (watch records date back to 1970). Second place is 1988 when the County was included once. In 1973...it was included 22 times...which is the highest on record. The County average is 9-10 tornado watches each year.