IEM Daily Feature
Thursday, 17 May 2012

Severe Weather in May

Posted: 17 May 2012 05:56 AM

May is an active month for severe weather in Iowa. The featured chart presents the number of county based warnings issued in Iowa by day of May for each year since 1986. The beginning of May this year certainly started off active with severe weather each day, but has recently been very quiet. Humidity values have been on the dry side recently, which among other factors have prevented storms from developing over the past week. Thunderstorms are an important part of our climate as they bring a majority of the yearly rainfall to the state, so we have to take the good (needed rainfall) with the bad (severe weather).

Good = 34
Bad = 5

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