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.
One the worst tornadoes in U.S. history hit Waco in 1953. The Texas Collection at Baylor University has a fascinating image gallery of the event.
Combined, violent tornadoes make up a still rather meager 1 percent of all tornadoes, but they caused 64 percent of the deaths, and undoubtedly a very sizable chunk of the damage to property.
F5/EF-5 tornadoes are a force of nature most folks hope to never come face-to-face with. From 1950-2010, they made up only 0.1 percent of all tornadoes, but caused over 20 percent of all tornado deaths. Including 2011’s six additional EF-5s, there have been 58 F5/EF-5
Before April 27, 2011, this 1990 outbreak was the last to produce two or more F5/EF-5s. We look at the atmospheric setup and some of the violent tornado imagery from the event.
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