The 1st April marks the start of what is typically the most active & dangerous three-month period of the year for Tornadoes in the U.S.
Significant Tornadoes can happen in any month, as “we saw in early March” when twenty three lives were lost in the EF-4 Lee County, Alabama Tornado.
history illustrates April, May and June are the months with the highest potential
of having both the greatest number of Tornadoes…
… and the most intense Tornadoes
in a given year.
nineteen years (1998 – 2017), the U.S averaged one thousand two hundred and
thirty nine Tornadoes – which were crammed between April and June.
has seen the most Tornadoes each year, an average two hundred and seventy nine.
by June and April – which average around two hundred and thirteen + one hundred
and ninety two Tornadoes per year.
amount of Tornadoes from April to June is not the only reason why it makes it
such a dangerous time of year – their intensity is also a factor.
to Dr. Greg Forbes of The Weather Channel, fifty eight per cent of all
Tornadoes are rated EF3 or stronger (1950 – 2012) touched down in the above
mentioned months – statistics revealed.
The percentage grows to sixty nine perfect – relating to EF-4 Tornadoes (1950 – 2012) or stronger. The EF5 rating has been applied to fifty nine Tornadoes dating back to 1950 – all but ten happened in April, May or June.
Tornadoes significally pose a threat, however the most intense account for the
higher number of deaths and damage.
three per cent of the deaths from the year 2000 to 2013 were from Tornadoes
rated EF-3 or stronger, according to Forbes.
Suffice to say eight of the ten worst U.S
Tornado outbreaks happened in April or May. The reason why? Mostly due to the
fact that upper echelon Tornado intensities are more likely in those months.
nine out of the ten worst separate Tornadoes were spawned during April, May or
are Tornadoes more common in spring compared to other months? Simple! The
atmospheric elements come together more often this time of the year.
of Tornadoes tend to happen when a storm system is propelled by a strong southward
dip in the jet stream punches into the Plains, Midwest and or south…
This is accompanied by warm and humid air flowing northward out of the Gulf of
jet stream will provide deep wind shear and or changing wind speed and direction
with height – supportive of rotating supercell thunderstorms.
If the wind shear strong in the first thousand feed near the surface, these supercell thunderstorms would more likely spawn Tornadoes.
on what has happened in the past, the greatest threat of Tornadic thunderstorms
has shifted from the south into parts of the Plains and Midwest – migrates through
April, May and June.
that being said, we’re going to close this article. This post was inspired by
The Weather Channel’s article which was posted several days ago – read here.
It may be an old video, but it’s a golden one. In the footage below, watch the initial touch down of a Tornado up close in Harrison County, Indiana.
If you look closely, you’ll be able to spot the multiple vortices. The video was captured by a neighbour of Patrick Koch back in 2018.
Koch provided the following description with the video.
“This video was taken by a neighbor on July 20, 2018 around 2 PM. Location is approximately 5 miles south of Corydon, Indiana. Corydon is a small town in Harrison County about 15 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.
Update: This is the tornado that quickly grew and did major damage to the east after it formed in our subdivision – National Weather Service. “
This video has only just came
to our attention, suffice to say the footage is remarkable.
In the footage below, watch
the moment the 2018 Cheyenne, Wyoming Tornado hurled cows through the air.
The description for the above video, which Timmer put together, explains everything you need to know – read below.
“Large, strong tornado touches down as I hook-slice through
baseball hail and then retrogrades west toward my position.
Rental Chevy equinox I was in had a flat tire and I had to
drive on the rim for 15 miles to get to this position, then escape north in 90
mph inflow with horizontal baseball hail coming in from the left.
Tornado was about 20 miles northwest of Cheyenne, WY on
Sunday, May 27, 2018. I was driving on the rim with a flat tire at the time,
but my economy rental car cut through the mud roads like a champion.
This was 20 miles northwest of Cheyenne, WY with multiple structures completely destroyed. Thankfully everyone was okay in the town. This was the 3-4 Tornado produced by this storm, and it appeared to produce several more.”
Timmer’s official YouTube account is a Tornado video gold mine, check it out here.
We know we’re a day late, however we wanted to make this post special. We also have to acknowledge that a Tornado struck Arlington, Texas, the very same day.
We’re going to be focusing on the Fort Worth (FW) Tornado. We’re going to start from right from the beginning.
first FW Tornado damage was reported near Castleberry High School, around four
miles west of downtown FW at 6:18pm. Further roof/tree damage happened in the
Monticello neighbourhood of River Oaks – FW.
A number of businesses were then damaged or then significantly destroyed near the intersection of Camp Bowie and West 7th at 6:20pm.
The Tornado then moved east along West 7th, hitting the Montgomery Ward building and the adjacent Linwood neighbourhood.
Tornado then went to damage the six-story Cash America building extensively –
almost destroying it. The Mallick Tower and Calvary Cathedral buildings also
sustained significant amount of damage – approximately at 6:24pm.
the Tornado then weakened as it entered downtown FW. Wind-borne debris broke
thousands of windows in buildings and high rises. Hard hit was the Bank One
building, which around eighty per cent of its windows broken.
Approxmintanly one thousand three hundred windows of The Union Pacific Resources building sustained damaged.
The building had five thousand windows, so that should tell you something.
number of vehicles in the streets and parking lots also suffered damage. The
Tornado dissipated as it moved east of downtown Fort Worth, although minor
damage occurred to roofs, trees, fences and billboards around three miles east
of the city.
Two people lost their lives as a direct result of the Tornado. One was killed while trying to reach shelter after warning others. The other was killed by a wall that collapsed on him – sadly he was homeless.
Eighty other people were injured, however only six required hospitalisation.
With that being said, relive the Fort Worth, Texas Tornado of the 28th March 2000 in the videos below.
highly-anticipated research project involving drone-based study of severe
storms will start this spring.
Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a handful of other universities will start the targeted observation by radars and UAS of supercells project on the 15th May.
This will be the largest-ever study of its kind which will involve more than fifty individuals – including scientists and students.
individuals involved in this study will use four unmanned aerial vehicles, a
manned aircraft, eight trucks fitted with meteorological instruments, a number
of mobile radar systems and sophisticated weather balloons to collect data on
These types of thunderstorms often have a deep rotating updrafts that – most
likely – spawn Tornadoes.
study – which was announced last fall will include the 2019 and 2020 severe
storm season – will cover the Great Plains from North Dakota to Texas. Not
forgetting to mention Iowa to Wyoming and Colorado.
The goal of the study is to better understand the hidden composition of severe storms. The overall result is that the data gathered will improve the detection of Tornadoes and reduce the number of false-alarm warnings that are issued.
The below video illustrates a similar type of project/study undertook by The Sirens Project.
going to leave this article here. We highly recommend that you read the
journalstar’s article on the study – which you can read here.
Jarrell, Texas Tornado was one of a number that struck on the 27th
May 1997 – an article on the other Tornadoes will be produced in due course.
At approximately 3:45pm (CDT) on the 27th May 1997, a violent F5 Tornado struck portions of Jarrell, Texas. The Tornado took the lives of twenty seven people and causing devastating damage – blowing houses completely off the foundations…
… Not to mention it swept away
the disintegrated remains.
also scoured asphalt from roads, killed and dismembered hundreds of cattle. It
also stripped/uprooted them and bounced vehicles for up to half a mile from
their parking places.
more in-depth look at the Jarrell, Texas Tornado, we highly suggest you read
stormstalker’s article on the F5 – click hereto
With that being said, relive the 27th May 1997 F5 Jarrell, Texas Tornado in the videos below.
never seen this before, if we’re honest. Find out more about this Tornado at
the bottom of the article.
Captured on a news broadcast! Find a spectacular video of the 25th March 2015 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado below.
video was posted by KOLR10 & Ozarks Local News a day after the Tornado
struck – 26th March 2015.
The news outlet posted it on their official Facebook account. Watch KFOR’s broadcast of the 25th March 2015 Tornado below.
erratic Tornado – inc. damaging thunderstorm winds – occurred on the evening of
the 25th March 2015. The Tornado affected areas of southwest
Oklahoma and Moore. The path of wind damage varied from 0.1 miles to 0.6 miles
1: With evidence of a narrow
Tornado observed intermittently within this area of damage.
damage started near Southwest 119th Street and May Avenue in
southwest Oklahoma City – which moved through Moore – and ended about ½ mile
south-southeast of Northeast 36th Avenue and Indian Hills Road in
extreme northern Norman.
most consistent evidence of a Tornado was observed from southwest of Northwest
12th Street and Santa Fe Avenue to near Southwest 7th
Street and Broadway Avenue in Moore. The low-end EF-2 damage was observed in a
small area of Moore.
The head of The Tornado Project has been very busy indeed. Bravo on your work good sir!
On the 22nd March, meteorologist Thomas Grazulis posted four rather interesting graphs relating to data regarding March Tornadoes from 1875 – 2019 on his Twitter account.
With quotes from Grazulis relating to them, find the four graphs he produced below – please note find original tweets at the bottom of the article.
Tornado deaths in March outbreaks – 1875 – 2019
“Death totals are down since the 1950, especially this day in 1952. Reason – fewer violent tornadoes? Fewer major outbreaks? Forecasting and warnings? Pacific Ocean patterns? Problem understanding many variables.”
Very significant [Tornado] outbreaks in March – 1875 – 2019
“The number of “very significant” outbreaks has not changed much. Definition that gives clearest picture across 150 years: at least two F3-5 tornadoes, and 50+ miles of upper EF2 to F5 path miles. Subjective? oh yes, but the best I can come up with.”
Path length in March [Tornado] outbreaks – 1875 – 2019
“Recent “very significant” total path miles are a little less, but maybe they just are not as violent. No way of telling! There have been quiet periods in the past. Current low number of March events is not unique. Last big one was in 2012.”
Killer Tornadoes in March “outbreaks” – 1875 – 2019
“The number of killer tornadoes in outbreaks has become very variable, as have deaths. Bad luck play a big part now, as it did this year. Below are all 69 March outbreaks. There have been about 630 “outbreaks” for all months since documentation started in 1873″
Grazulis also produced a table – on Twitter (CLEVER!) – regarding to killer Tornadoes since March 1873. Find his table in the tweets below..
… This was the perfect opportunity to link Grazulis’ Twitter account somewhere in this article. The head of The Tornado Project closed his tweets out with the following tweet.