There’s a long-held belief among many people that Lincoln is immune to tornadoes. Among the past claims are that Lincoln avoids tornadoes because it sits in a valley or is protected by a big ridge west of the city. While Lincoln has avoided a direct hit from a violent tornado in recent history, it has had its share of twisters in the city limits, including Sunday evening's EF-2 tornado near Pioneers Park.
2017: A short-lived tornado touched down on open land on East Campus in June. It caused no damage.
2016: Two EF-1 tornadoes hit far southeast Lincoln in May and caused some minor damage. The tornadoes were overshadowed by a major hail storm.
1993: A weak tornado cut a path across northwest Lincoln from the airport to nears 27th and Superior streets.
1981: A small tornado hit the Arnold Heights neighborhood in April after causing damage southwest of Pawnee Lake.
1979: A small tornado touched down on West O Street, moved across Capitol Beach Lake and then caused some damage to a mobile home park and a few houses along North First Street.
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