Iowa Tornadoes in May

Severe weather season has been off to a quiet start across Iowa. That all changed by the later portions of the month. In total, 19 tornadoes were confirmed across the state.

On May 22, a powerful EF-2 tornado caused damage in Adair, IA, injuring one person and killing another. That same morning, an EF-1 caused damage in Anita. Click here for a summary from the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

On May 24, an EF-1 tornado caused damage southwest of Iowa City in Frytown. A brief EF-0 touched down near West Branch in Cedar County as well.

Memorial Day (May 27) had four tornadoes, including a damaging EF-3 in Van Buren County. Fortunately there were no injuries or deaths.

May 29 was an active day, with 11 EF-0 or EF-1 tornadoes touching down across the state. NWS Davenport. NWS Des Moines.

May is generally an active month for tornadoes across Iowa. In the 1980 to 2018 period, 427 tornadoes have been reported.

June is the peak of “tornado season” in Iowa. More than 550 tornadoes have been reported over the past 38 years. According to, the greatest threat of tornadoes during June includes Iowa.

KWWL Storm Track 7 will be with you every step of the way this severe weather season, alerting you when severe weather is in the forecast.

Kyle Kiel

Kyle Kiel

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