Nebraska Tornadoes, 1950 through 2008:
Listed by County and Ranked from Highest Total to Lowest Total

"Area" is in sq. miles,
"Density" is equivalent number of tornadoes per 1000 sq.miles.   

County

County Seat

Area

1950-2006 Tornadoes

1950-2006 Density

2007 Tornadoes

2008 Tornadoes

1950-2008 Tornadoes

1950-2008 Density

Custer

Broken Bow

2576

83

32.2

3

0

86

33.4

Lincoln

North Platte

2564

77

30.0

3

0

80

31.2

Buffalo

Kearney

968

73

75.4

0

2

75

77.5

Holt

O'Neil

2413

73

30.3

0

0

73

30.3

Hall

Grand Island

546

70

128.2

0

0

70

128.2

Cherry

Valentine

5961

62

10.4

4

3

69

11.6

Thayer

Hebron

575

55

95.7

0

1

56

97.4

Cheyenne

Sidney

1196

52

43.5

1

0

53

44.3

Scottsbluff

Gering

739

52

70.4

0

0

52

70.4

Dawson

Lexington

1013

47

46.4

1

1

49

48.4

Sheridan

Rushville

2441

49

20.1

0

0

49

20.1

Hamilton

Aurora

544

47

86.4

0

2

49

90.1

Adams

Hastings

563

45

79.9

1

0

46

81.7

Gage

Beatrice

855

45

52.6

0

1

46

53.8

Knox

Center

1108

37

33.4

7

0

44

39.7

Howard

St. Paul

570

42

73.7

0

1

43

75.4

Morrill

Bridgeport

1424

40

28.1

0

1

41

28.8

Keith

Ogallala

1061

36

33.9

4

0

40

37.7

Kimball

Kimball

952

39

41.0

0

1

40

42.0

York

York

576

38

66.0

0

1

39

67.7

Madison

Madison

573

38

66.3

0

0

38

66.3

Clay

Clay Center

573

37

64.6

0

0

37

64.6

Saunders

Wahoo

754

35

46.4

0

2

37

49.1

Cass

Plattsmouth

559

34

60.8

0

2

36

64.4

Antelope

Neligh

857

36

42.0

0

0

36

42.0

Nuckolls

Nelson

575

36

62.6

0

0

36

62.6

Lancaster

Lincoln

839

34

40.5

0

2

36

42.9

Box Butte

Alliance

1075

34

31.6

0

0

34

31.6

Dawes

Chadron

1396

33

23.6

0

0

33

23.6

Red Willow

McCook

717

31

43.2

0

2

33

46.0

Valley

Ord

568

33

58.1

0

0

33

58.1

Perkins

Grant

883

28

31.7

3

1

32

36.2

Butler

David City

584

29

49.7

0

2

31

53.1

Webster

Red Cloud

575

31

53.9

0

0

31

53.9

Seward

Seward

575

29

50.4

0

2

31

53.9

Filmore

Geneva

577

31

53.7

0

0

31

53.7

Polk

Osceola

439

30

68.3

0

0

30

68.3

Sherman

Loup City

566

28

49.5

0

0

28

49.5

Platte

Columbus

678

28

41.3

0

0

28

41.3

Phelps

Holdrege

540

26

48.1

0

2

28

51.9

Pierce

Pierce

574

26

45.3

1

0

27

47.0

Frontier

Stockville

975

25

25.6

0

2

27

27.7

Brown

Ainsworth

1221

25

20.5

0

2

27

22.1

Deuel

Chappell

440

24

54.5

1

1

26

59.1

Saline

Wilber

575

25

43.5

1

0

26

45.2

Colfax

Schuyler

413

24

58.1

1

0

25

60.5

Otoe

Nebraska City

616

25

40.6

0

0

25

40.6

Furnas

Beaver City

718

25

34.8

0

0

25

34.8

Hitchcock

Trenton

710

25

35.2

0

0

25

35.2

Merrick

Central City

485

24

49.5

0

0

24

49.5

Franklin

Franklin

576

24

41.7

0

0

24

41.7

Jefferson

Fairbury

573

21

36.6

1

2

24

41.9

Dixon

Ponca

476

24

50.4

0

0

24

50.4

Kearney

Minden

516

24

46.5

0

0

24

46.5

Nance

Fullerton

441

23

52.2

0

0

23

52.2

Cuming

West Point

572

23

40.2

0

0

23

40.2

Dodge

Fremont

535

21

39.3

2

0

23

43.0

Cedar

Hartington

740

23

31.1

0

0

23

31.1

Chase

Imperial

895

14

15.6

4

5

23

25.7

Dundy

Benkelman

920

21

22.8

1

0

22

23.9

Stanton

Stanton

430

21

48.8

0

0

21

48.8

Garden

Oshkosh

1705

21

12.3

0

0

21

12.3

Boone

Albion

687

20

29.1

1

0

21

30.6

Banner

Harrisburg

746

20

26.8

0

0

20

26.8

Nemaha

Auburn

409

15

36.7

0

4

19

46.5

Sioux

Harrison

2067

18

8.7

0

0

18

8.7

Harlan

Alma

553

18

32.5

0

0

18

32.5

Greeley

Greeley

570

17

29.8

0

0

17

29.8

Richardson

Falls City

554

15

27.1

0

2

17

30.7

Johnson

Tecumseh

376

17

45.2

0

0

17

45.2

Gosper

Elwood

458

14

30.6

0

3

17

37.1

Washington

Blair

391

14

35.8

1

2

17

43.5

Rock

Bassett

1009

15

14.9

0

1

16

15.9

Wayne

Wayne

444

16

36.0

0

0

16

36.0

Logan

Stapleton

571

15

26.3

0

0

15

26.3

Loup

Taylor

570

15

26.3

0

0

15

26.3

Douglas

Omaha

331

13

39.3

0

2

15

45.3

Pawnee

Pawnee City

432

15

34.7

0

0

15

34.7

Hayes

Hayes Center

713

13

18.2

1

1

15

21.0

Burt

Tekamah

493

13

26.4

0

1

14

28.4

Grant

Hyannis

776

13

16.8

1

0

14

18.0

Thurston

Pender

394

13

33.0

0

0

13

33.0

Garfield

Burwell

570

13

22.8

0

0

13

22.8

Hooker

Mullen

721

12

16.6

0

1

13

18.0

Keya Paha

Springview

773

12

15.5

1

0

13

16.8

Wheeler

Bartlett

575

11

19.1

1

0

12

20.9

Boyd

Butte

540

10

18.5

0

0

10

18.5

Sarpy

Papillion

241

9

37.3

0

1

10

41.5

McPherson

Tryon

859

9

10.5

0

0

9

10.5

Arthur

Arthur

715

7

9.8

1

0

8

11.2

Thomas

Thedford

713

8

11.2

0

0

8

11.2

Dakota

Dakota City

264

7

26.5

0

0

7

26.5

Blaine

Brewster

711

6

8.4

0

0

6

8.4

 

The 1950-2006 data are listed along with the 1950-2008 data in the table and the 2007 and 2008 tornado county occurrences are also noted.  This allows a quick look at the recent activity compared to the long term data.

 

UNL
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Applied Climate Sciences, School of Natural Resources