2024 Breaks Record for Most Tornadoes Through May Since 1950

Senator Chuck Grassley answered questions regarding the recent severe weather that has swept across the state of Iowa.

When he was asked if Iowa is having an unusual start to the severe weather season, he mentioned that Iowa is on pace for one of the most severe and deadliest tornado seasons in recent history, according to the National Weather Service. Iowa has had more tornadoes through the month of May, than in any other year on record going back to 1950. With at least 80 tornadoes in the first five months of 2024, this beats out the previous record of 64 in the fist five months in 2004.