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Nebraska Tornado Frequency, Counties, 1950 to 2015

Nebraska Tornadoes, 1950 through 2015: Listed by County

Area is in square miles,
"Density" is equivalent number of tornadoes (1950-2015) per 1000 sq.miles
*See below for an example of determining tornado density

Total
Tornado Total
Tornado Total
Total
Density
County County Seat Area
1950-2013
2014
2015
1950-2015
per 1000 sq miles
Adams Hastings 563
48
1
49
87.0
Antelope Neligh 857
38
38
44.3
Arthur Arthur 715
8
8
11.2
Banner Harrisburg 746
28
28
37.5
Blaine Brewster 711
7
7
9.8
Boone Albion 687
23
23
33.5
Box Butte Alliance 1075
38
2
40
37.2
Boyd Butte 540
10
10
18.5
Brown Ainsworth 1221
30
1
31
25.4
Buffalo Kearney 968
84
84
86.8
Burt Tekamah 493
15
15
30.4
Butler David City 584
32
1
33
56.5
Cass Plattsmouth 559
42
42
75.1
Cedar Hartington 740
23
6
29
39.2
Chase Imperial 895
24
24
26.8
Cherry Valentine 5961
81
6 4
91
15.3
Cheyenne Sidney 1196
60
60
50.2
Clay Clay Center 573
43
2
45
78.5
Colfax Schuyler 413
25
25
60.5
Cuming West Point 572
23
2
25
43.7
Custer Broken Bow 2576
92
1
93
36.1
Dakota Dakota City 264
9
1
10
37.9
Dawes Chadron 1396
37
37
26.5
Dawson Lexington 1013
52
52
51.3
Deuel Chappell 440
28
28
63.6
Dixon Ponca 476
25
2
27
56.7
Dodge Fremont 535
26
26
48.6
Douglas Omaha 331
15
2
17
51.4
Dundy Benkelman 920
26
26
28.3
Filmore Geneva 577
32
5
37
64.1
Franklin Franklin 576
26
2
28
48.6
Frontier Stockville 975
27
27
27.7
Furnas Beaver City 718
27
1
28
39.0
Gage Beatrice 855
49
1
50
58.5
Garden Oshkosh 1705
21
21
12.3
Garfield Burwell 570
13
5
18
31.6
Gosper Elwood 458
18
18
39.3
Grant Hyannis 776
14
14
18.0
Greeley Greeley 570
20
1
21
36.8
Hall Grand Island 546
71
1
72
131.9
Hamilton Aurora 544
54
3
57
104.8
Harlan Alma 553
20
2
22
39.8
Hayes Hayes Center 713
15
15
21.0
Hitchcock Trenton 710
26
26
36.6
Holt O'Neil 2413
78
78
32.3
Hooker Mullen 721
14
1
15
20.8
Howard St. Paul 570
45
45
78.9
Jefferson Fairbury 573
28
1
29
50.6
Johnson Tecumseh 376
20
20
53.2
Kearney Minden 516
24
24
46.5
Keith Ogallala 1061
41
41
38.6
Keya Paha Springview 773
14
14
18.1
Kimball Kimball 952
50
2
52
54.6
Knox Center 1108
48
48
43.3
Lancaster Lincoln 839
40
3 2
45
53.6
Lincoln North Platte 2564
100
3
103
40.2
Logan Stapleton 571
17
17
29.8
Loup Taylor 570
15
15
26.3
McPherson Tryon 859
10
10
11.6
Madison Madison 573
39
39
68.1
Merrick Central City 485
25
25
51.5
Morrill Bridgeport 1424
45
1
46
32.3
Nance Fullerton 441
23
23
52.2
Nemaha Auburn 409
20
20
48.9
Nuckolls Nelson 575
38
2
40
69.6
Otoe Nebraska City 616
28
1
29
47.1
Pawnee Pawnee City 432
15
1
16
37.0
Perkins Grant 883
32
32
36.2
Phelps Holdrege 540
29
29
53.7
Pierce Pierce 574
28
28
48.8
Platte Columbus 678
29
29
42.8
Polk Osceola 439
34
1
35
79.7
Red Willow McCook 717
35
1
36
50.2
Richardson Falls City 554
17
1
18
32.5
Rock Bassett 1009
18
18
17.8
Saline Wilber 575
26
1
27
47.0
Sarpy Papillion 241
11
11
45.6
Saunders Wahoo 754
37
2
39
51.7
Scottsbluff Gering 739
59
1
60
81.2
Seward Seward 575
32
5
37
64.3
Sheridan Rushville 2441
53
1 1
55
22.5
Sherman Loup City 566
30
30
53.0
Sioux Harrison 2067
22
1
23
11.1
Stanton Stanton 430
22
4
26
60.5
Thayer Hebron 575
59
4
63
109.6
Thomas Thedford 713
10
1
11
15.4
Thurston Pender 394
14
1
15
38.1
Valley Ord 568
35
1
36
63.4
Washington Blair 391
18
18
46.0
Wayne Wayne 444
18
3
21
47.3
Webster Red Cloud 575
31
1
32
55.7
Wheeler Bartlett 575
15
15
26.1
York York 576
43
4
47
81.6

*Density is calculated by taking the total number of tornadoes divided by the area and then multiplying by 1000,
which is then total number of tornadoes per 1,000 square miles.

Density examples >>>>
Hall County = (72 tornadoes/546 sq mi) * 1000 = 131.9 tornadoes per 1000 sq miles.

Lancaster County = (45 tornadoes/839 sq mi) * 1000 = 53.6 tornadoes per 1000 sq miles.

The 2014 and 2015 data are listed in the table which allows a quick look at the recent activity compared to the long term data.