This year won’t just set a new national record for most tornadoes in April — it’ll obliterate the old mark.
The previous record was 267 in 1974, but that total was topped by last week, with one-third of a busy month to go.
As of today, the Storm Prediction Center has received 559 tornado reports this month. That number should drop at least some because it includes multiple reports of the same tornado. But a total easily topping 300 wouldn’t surprise me one bit.
There have been 7 confirmed tornadoes in Kansas – all of them in the 26-county coverage area handled by the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service. None, however, have touched down or moved near Wichita.
A storm near Perry, east of Topeka, that was featured by CNN earlier this month was actually a gustnado, weather research Jon Davies told me. Those are not included in tornado statistics because of their differing characteristics.