Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
310 PM CST FRI DEC 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.

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