Iowa Saw the Second Most Tornadoes in a Year in 2021

Tornado in Cheyenne, Oklahoma

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Iowa had 114 tornados in 2021, the second-most for a single year.

Half of those, 63, occurred in December's Derecho and National Weather Service Meteorologist Rod Donavon says that's twice as many tornadoes as the previous record for a single event, which was 35 set back in 2014.

December 15th also set a record for most EF-2 or stronger tornadoes in a single day at 21. And EF-2 means tornadoes with wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or greater.

The year with the most tornados in Iowa was 2004, which saw 120 twisters.

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