For much of the mid-1800s, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. was the center of weather observation for the United States. Major tornado disasters during the spring and summer of 1860 resurfaced previous concerns about tornadoes, and by 1862 the Smithsonian distributed circulars alerting people
Follow on Twitter or Facebook to see these regular daily updates as they are sent out. Mar 1, 1948 Henderson County Texas was struck by an F3 that traveled 7 miles. A car was launched 50 yards near Opelika. Mar 1, 1997 An outbreak of
Reports currently indicate nearly 40 people were killed by the March 2-3, 2012 tornado outbreak. An examination of other March tornado outbreaks since official records began in 1950 shows that the death toll from the March 2012 outbreak is indeed significant historically. The March list
As briefly touched upon in the general overview of March tornadoes, significant (F2/EF-2+) only touched down 1,080 times (or 30% of all March tornadoes) from 1950-2010. Yet, even with their relatively small numbers, they accounted for the vast majority of tornado deaths in the month.
At least 54 tornadoes have been confirmed thus far (as of late yesterday) with the March 2012 tornado outbreak. Its place in history is yet unknown, but it will go down as one of March’s biggest and there’s a decent chance it goes into the record
As the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak was kicking into high gear today, I shared the image below on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a look at the highest number of tornadoes in one calendar day in March. The historical odds against even getting to 25+
This March tornado outbreak struck the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys as well as parts of the South. Two violent tornadoes occurred, both EF-4s.
March is the oft-cited start of tornado season, though some experts rightfully point out that it never really ends — it just wanes. Nonetheless, the increased activity from February to March is quite notable most years and major tornado events have occurred during the month.
Note: This post does not consider any additional tornadoes that are confirmed on Feb 29, 2012 with storms ongoing or additional storms today. It will be updated or a follow-on post will be made as necessary. A few weeks ago I took a look at
As seen in the quick-wrap of February tornado statistics, 435 people were killed by 1,441 tornadoes from 1950-2010. Additionally, an examination of the major Mississippi Valley Tornado Outbreak showed that over 1/4 of deaths occurred in just two days of February. Other top years all
Note: If you follow the account on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see these every day at least twice (for the first year of this project at least!). In addition, I will catalog them here on ustornadoes.com as a list in one post per month. We’ll
Nineteen tornadoes struck from Texas to Ohio and North Carolina on February 21-22, 1971. The greatest concentration of them was in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and especially Mississippi. The outbreak was responsible for 123 deaths and nearly 1,600 injuries. This event (with 121 of the deaths