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Record Breaking Time Since Last Iowa Tornado

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The state of Iowa just broke a record that we can be very thankful for. The state has gone for the longest stretch of time without a reported tornado, 356 straight days.

The last time a tornado occurred in Iowa was on May 24, 2012 in Fayette County, about 2 miles north of the town of Hawkeye.

The old record happened between May 5, 1955 and April 26, 1956.

Craig Cogil of the National Weather Service says this record is pretty impressive considering reporting standards in the 1950s aren't what they are today.

"Digital technology and nearly ubiquitous use of cell phones and other communication devices along with education, storm chasing, and widespread spotter networks among other things have facilitated the observing and reporting of tornadoes."

Cogil says the likelihood of having a tornado occur and not seen or even observed but not reported was a lot higher in the mid 1950s, making our current streak more impressive.

For more information on tornados in Iowa, see Cogil's article here: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/dmx/TorRecord.pdf