Wednesday marked 250th day without a twister in Oklahoma

Wednesday, January 21st 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Norman-AP) -- Oklahoma has a new tornado record _ the most consecutive days without a twister touching down somewhere in the state.

Keli Tarp with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman says Tuesday was the 250th day since the last tornado touched down in Oklahoma on May 16th. The previous record ran from July 16th, 1990, to March 21st, 1991.

Tarp says 2003 is only the second year on record with no tornadoes in June and the first year with no tornadoes from June through December.

Detailed records began in 1950.

Tarp says 2003 was active, overall, with 78 tornadoes, 59 in early May alone. The yearly average is 54.

The strongest tornado was an F-4 that hit Moore, Oklahoma City, Midwest City and Choctaw on May eighth. An F-3 tornado struck parts of Oklahoma City and western suburbs the next day.