This tornado is considered the second deadliest in U.S. history.
The 1917 case is perhaps the most relentless of all the outbreak sequence events that that will be covered in this series.
While these spinny winds are not unique to our country, they are very much a part of the American experience.
For the first case study on outbreak sequences, we examine two weeks of nearly nonstop tornadoes. Twisters brought devastating results from the central and southern Plains eastward into the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes.
Even in the 1830s, a large tornado between New York City and Philadelphia drew crowds in its aftermath.
On March 18, 1925 a dark “smokey fog” touched down approximately three miles northwest of Ellington, Missouri. It would become known as the Tri-State Tornado. By all accounts, it was a monster.
Tornadoes have been part of the historical record for a very long time. It wasn’t until the 1800s that advances in the understanding of tornadoes began, and some of those thoughts might even be chuckled at today.
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