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April 28, 2010

Kansas tornado drought reaches record proportions

The quiet tornado season in Kansas is reaching record-setting levels, National Weather Service officials say.

When a tornado touched down in western Kansas on April 22, it was the first in the state in 262 days, dating back to Aug. 2. That’s the longest tornado drought in Kansas in 20 years, weather officials said.

It’s been 281 days – and counting – since a tornado touched down in the 26-county area covered by the Wichita branch of the weather service.

Here’s a weather service chart showing recent tornado droughts in the state:

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