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Oklahoma tornadoes: How many days without a tornado warning?

by Bryan Painter Modified: April 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014
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From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office:

 

- The last tornado warning we issued was at 810pm on Friday, May 31, 2013. It

expired at 9 p.m.

 

- If we get through today, April 8th, this will be day 312 without a tornado

warning

 

- The previous longest streak was 293 days – June 1, 1990 to March 20, 1991

Gary McManus, State Climatologist, Oklahoma Climatological Survey: ”We talked about this previously, and since then, there still hasn’t been a tornado touch down (at least a reported tornado) in the state since August 7, 2013. If we count today, that brings the consecutive day total to 244 days. That still ranks as the third longest period on record, at least dating back to 1950 when accurate statistics began, but we’re quickly closing in on #2 (248 days from 7/16/1990- 3/20/1991). This info also comes from the NWS Norman office, but this data is for the entire state.”

 

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Top-10 Consecutive Day Streaks in Oklahoma Without A Reported Tornado

Rank         Days             Period

1.            292    05/17/2003 – 03/03/2004

2.            248    07/16/1990 – 03/20/1991

3.            244    08/08/2013 – 04/08/2014

4.            234    07/04/1976 – 02/22/1977

5.            220    08/24/1977 – 03/31/1978

6.            200    08/08/1955 – 02/23/1956

7.            193    09/06/1978 – 03/17/1979

8.            189    10/11/1969 – 04/17/1970

9.            188    09/27/1967 – 04/01/1968

10.(t)        187    08/16/1952 – 02/18/1953

08/29/1962 – 03/03/1963

09/22/2006 – 03/27/2007

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“If we can make it to Sunday, the current streak will move into second place,” McManus said.


by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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