Nebraska Tornadoes County Data

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Nebraska Tornadoes, 1950 through 2021 are Listed by County.

Data source: Brian Smith, WCM, NWS Omaha.

Area is in square miles, Density is number of tornadoes per 1,000sq miles
"Density" is equivalent total number of tornadoes (1950-2021) per 1000 sq.miles
See below the table for an examples of determining tornado density

NOTE: County densities, ranked from highest to lowest density, are in the second table below, just after the examples of calculating tornado density

County County Seat Area 1950-2013 2014 Total 2015 Total 2016 Total 2017 Total 2018 Total 2019 Total 2020 Total 2021 Total 1950-2021 Total Density
Adams Hastings 563 48 1 2 1 3 55 97.7
Antelope Neligh 857 38 38 44.3
Arthur Arthur 715 8 1 9 12.6
Banner Harrisburg 746 28 2 30 40.2
Blaine Brewster 711 7 2 9 12.7
Boone Albion 687 23 1 1 25 36.4
Box Butte Alliance 1075 38 2 1 1 42 39.1
Boyd Butte 540 10 1 11 20.4
Brown Ainsworth 1221 30 1 1 32 26.2
Buffalo Kearney 968 84 2 2 88 90.9
Burt Tekamah 493 15 1 16 32.5
Butler David City 584 32 1 33 56.5
Cass Plattsmouth 559 42 1 3 3 49 87.7
Cedar Hartington 740 23 6 1 1 31 41.9
Chase Imperial 895 24 1 1 4 30 33.5
Cherry Valentine 5961 81 6 4 4 95 15.9
Cheyenne Sidney 1196 60 3 1 1 65 54.3
Clay Clay Center 573 43 2 1 1 2 2 51 89.0
Colfax Schuyler 413 25 1 26 63.0
Cuming West Point 572 23 2 1 6 32 55.9
Custer Broken Bow 2576 92 1 2 1 3 99 38.4
Dakota Dakota City 264 9 1 10 37.9
Dawes Chadron 1396 37 1 2 40 28.7
Dawson Lexington 1013 52 3 55 54.3
Deuel Chappell 440 28 1 29 65.9
Dixon Ponca 476 25 2 27 56.7
Dodge Fremont 535 26 1 27 50.5
Douglas Omaha 331 15 2 3 20 60.4
Dundy Benkelman 920 26 1 5 32 34.8
Filmore Geneva 577 32 5 1 4 42 72.8
Franklin Franklin 576 26 2 1 1 1 31 53.8
Frontier Stockville 975 27 1 7 35 35.9
Furnas Beaver City 718 27 1 28 39.0
Gage Beatrice 855 49 1 2 1 1 54 63.2
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 1 1 74 135.5
Hamilton Aurora 544 54 3 1 2 5 65 119.5
Harlan Alma 553 20 2 1 23 41.6
Hayes Hayes Center 713 15 3 18 25.2
Hitchcock Trenton 710 26 1 2 29 40.8
Holt O'Neil 2413 78 1 79 32.7
Hooker Mullen 721 14 1 15 20.8
Howard St. Paul 570 45 45 78.9
Jefferson Fairbury 573 28 1 1 30 52.4
Johnson Tecumseh 376 20 1 21 55.9
Kearney Minden 516 24 1 3 28 54.3
Keith Ogallala 1061 41 2 43 40.5
Keya Paha Springview 773 14 14 18.1
Kimball Kimball 952 50 2 1 1 1 55 57.8
Knox Center 1108 48 48 43.3
Lancaster Lincoln 839 40 3 2 2 1 2 1 51 60.8
Lincoln North Platte 2564 100 3 1 104 40.6
Logan Stapleton 571 17 1 18 31.5
Loup Taylor 570 15 5 20 35.1
McPherson Tryon 859 10 2 1 13 15.1
Madison Madison 573 39 1 1 1 42 73.3
Merrick Central City 485 25 1 26 53.6
Morrill Bridgeport 1424 45 1 1 2 49 34.4
Nance Fullerton 441 23 23 52.2
Nemaha Auburn 409 20 1 21 51.3
Nuckolls Nelson 575 38 2 2 1 1 44 76.5
Otoe Nebraska City 616 28 1 1 1 31 50.3
Pawnee Pawnee City 432 15 1 1 3 20 46.3
Perkins Grant 883 32 1 1 3 37 41.9
Phelps Holdrege 540 29 1 2 32 59.3
Pierce Pierce 574 28 1 29 50.5
Platte Columbus 678 29 2 31 45.7
Polk Osceola 439 34 1 1 36 82.0
Red Willow McCook 717 35 1 1 37 51.6
Richardson Falls City 554 17 1 2 20 36.1
Rock Bassett 1009 18 18 17.8
Saline Wilber 575 26 1 3 1 31 53.9
Sarpy Papillion 241 11 2 13 53.9
Saunders Wahoo 754 37 2 2 2 43 57.0
Scottsbluff Gering 739 59 1 1 61 82.5
Seward Seward 575 32 5 1 38 66.1
Sheridan Rushville 2441 53 1 1 4 3 1 63 25.8
Sherman Loup City 566 30 1 31 54.8
Sioux Harrison 2067 22 1 1 1 1 26 12.6
Stanton Stanton 430 22 4 1 1 28 65.1
Thayer Hebron 575 59 4 1 64 111.3
Thomas Thedford 713 10 1 1 12 16.8
Thurston Pender 394 14 1 1 16 40.6
Valley Ord 568 35 1 1 37 65.1
Washington Blair 391 18 3 21 53.7
Wayne Wayne 444 18 3 1 22 49.5
Webster Red Cloud 575 31 1 1 2 35 60.9
Wheeler Bartlett 575 15 1 16 27.8
York York 576 43 4 1 48 83.3

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 for the entire time period 1950-2021.

Density examples >>>>
Hall County = (74 tornadoes/546 sq mi) * 1000 = 135.5 tornadoes per 1000 sq miles.
Lancaster County = (51 tornadoes/839 sq mi) * 1000 = 60.8 tornadoes per 1000 sq miles.

A county can have more tornadoes compared to another county but due to its size it has a smaller density of tornadoes.

For example:
Lincoln County (North Platte) has a total of 104 tornadoes
Hamilton County (Aurora) has 65 tornadoes (38% less than Lincoln County)

however, the densities are:

Lincoln County (North Platte) density 40.6 tornadoes per 1,000 sq miles
Hamilton County (Aurora) density 119.5 tornadoes per 1,000 sq miles  (2.9 times MORE dense than Lincoln County)
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County Density Ranked from Highest to Lowest Density

County County Seat Area 1950-2013 2014 Total 2015 Total 2016 Total 2017 Total 2018 Total 2019 Total 2020 Total 2021 Total 1950-2021 Total Density Ranked
Hall Grand Island 546 71 1 1 1 74 135.5
Hamilton Aurora 544 54 3 1 2 5 65 119.5
Thayer Hebron 575 59 4 1 64 111.3
Adams Hastings 563 48 1 2 1 3 55 97.7
Buffalo Kearney 968 84 2 2 88 90.9
Clay Clay Center 573 43 2 1 1 2 2 51 89.0
Cass Plattsmouth 559 42 1 3 3 49 87.7
York York 576 43 4 1 48 83.3
Scottsbluff Gering 739 59 1 1 61 82.5
Polk Osceola 439 34 1 1 36 82.0
Howard St. Paul 570 45 45 78.9
Nuckolls Nelson 575 38 2 2 1 1 44 76.5
Madison Madison 573 39 1 1 1 42 73.3
Filmore Geneva 577 32 5 1 4 42 72.8
Seward Seward 575 32 5 1 38 66.1
Deuel Chappell 440 28 1 29 65.9
Valley Ord 568 35 1 1 37 65.1
Stanton Stanton 430 22 4 1 1 28 65.1
Gage Beatrice 855 49 1 2 1 1 54 63.2
Colfax Schuyler 413 25 1 26 63.0
Webster Red Cloud 575 31 1 1 2 35 60.9
Lancaster Lincoln 839 40 3 2 2 1 2 1 51 60.8
Douglas Omaha 331 15 2 3 20 60.4
Phelps Holdrege 540 29 1 2 32 59.3
Kimball Kimball 952 50 2 1 1 1 55 57.8
Saunders Wahoo 754 37 2 2 2 43 57.0
Dixon Ponca 476 25 2 27 56.7
Butler David City 584 32 1 33 56.5
Cuming West Point 572 23 2 1 6 32 55.9
Johnson Tecumseh 376 20 1 21 55.9
Sherman Loup City 566 30 1 31 54.8
Cheyenne Sidney 1196 60 3 1 1 65 54.3
Dawson Lexington 1013 52 3 55 54.3
Kearney Minden 516 24 1 3 28 54.3
Sarpy Papillion 241 11 2 13 53.9
Saline Wilber 575 26 1 3 1 31 53.9
Franklin Franklin 576 26 2 1 1 1 31 53.8
Washington Blair 391 18 3 21 53.7
Merrick Central City 485 25 1 26 53.6
Jefferson Fairbury 573 28 1 1 30 52.4
Nance Fullerton 441 23 23 52.2
Red Willow McCook 717 35 1 1 37 51.6
Nemaha Auburn 409 20 1 21 51.3
Pierce Pierce 574 28 1 29 50.5
Dodge Fremont 535 26 1 27 50.5
Otoe Nebraska City 616 28 1 1 1 31 50.3
Wayne Wayne 444 18 3 1 22 49.5
Pawnee Pawnee City 432 15 1 1 3 20 46.3
Platte Columbus 678 29 2 31 45.7
Antelope Neligh 857 38 38 44.3
Knox Center 1108 48 48 43.3
Perkins Grant 883 32 1 1 3 37 41.9
Cedar Hartington 740 23 6 1 1 31 41.9
Harlan Alma 553 20 2 1 23 41.6
Hitchcock Trenton 710 26 1 2 29 40.8
Thurston Pender 394 14 1 1 16 40.6
Lincoln North Platte 2564 100 3 1 104 40.6
Keith Ogallala 1061 41 2 43 40.5
Banner Harrisburg 746 28 2 30 40.2
Gosper Elwood 458 18 18 39.3
Box Butte Alliance 1075 38 2 1 1 42 39.1
Furnas Beaver City 718 27 1 28 39.0
Custer Broken Bow 2576 92 1 2 1 3 99 38.4
Dakota Dakota City 264 9 1 10 37.9
Greeley Greeley 570 20 1 21 36.8
Boone Albion 687 23 1 1 25 36.4
Richardson Falls City 554 17 1 2 20 36.1
Frontier Stockville 975 27 1 7 35 35.9
Loup Taylor 570 15 5 20 35.1
Dundy Benkelman 920 26 1 5 32 34.8
Morrill Bridgeport 1424 45 1 1 2 49 34.4
Chase Imperial 895 24 1 1 4 30 33.5
Holt O'Neil 2413 78 1 79 32.7
Burt Tekamah 493 15 1 16 32.5
Garfield Burwell 570 13 5 18 31.6
Logan Stapleton 571 17 1 18 31.5
Dawes Chadron 1396 37 1 2 40 28.7
Wheeler Bartlett 575 15 1 16 27.8
Brown Ainsworth 1221 30 1 1 32 26.2
Sheridan Rushville 2441 53 1 1 4 3 1 63 25.8
Hayes Hayes Center 713 15 3 18 25.2
Hooker Mullen 721 14 1 15 20.8
Boyd Butte 540 10 1 11 20.4
Keya Paha Springview 773 14 14 18.1
Grant Hyannis 776 14 14 18.0
Rock Bassett 1009 18 18 17.8
Thomas Thedford 713 10 1 1 12 16.8
Cherry Valentine 5961 81 6 4 4 95 15.9
McPherson Tryon 859 10 2 1 13 15.1
Blaine Brewster 711 7 2 9 12.7
Arthur Arthur 715 8 1 9 12.6
Sioux Harrison 2067 22 1 1 1 1 26 12.6
Garden Oshkosh 1705 21 21 12.3