An outbreak of Tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening over portions of northwest Texas into western and central Oklahoma.
More-isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including Tornadoes and destructive winds and hail is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.
Today has the potential to be a historic day. We will be covering this high risk event all day/night – here in the UK. To our readers in the affected areas, BE WEATHER READY!
An outbreak of strong Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms is expected today across parts of the southern and central Plains.
many of the storms will have very large hail and wind damage. The severe threat
will be concentrated from west Texas and the Texas Panhandle eastward across
Oklahoma, Kansas into western Missouri and western Arkansas.
severe storms with wind damage and hail will be possible this afternoon from
southeast New York into southern and central New England.
Several severe storms, capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds and a couple of Tornadoes, will also be possible across portions of the western half of Texas. Finally, scattered afternoon storms will be possible from Ohio through the Middle Atlantic region.
This will be an updating article – so if you’re in the affected areas. KEEP AN EYE OUT.
This happened twenty eight years ago today! A handful of iconic and reconisgeable Tornadoes struck on the 26th April 1991.
The 26th April
started ominously as storms formed across central and western Oklahoma in the early
morning hours which then moved northeast. A Tornado struck Tonkawa, northern
Oklahoma around half an hour after sunrise. These storms moved northeast into
…However these storms weakened
in the late morning hours, but a dry line remained across central Kansas into central
Storms then redeveloped in the
afternoon along the dry line and outbreak of Tornadoes across much of central
and southern Plains happened. Before the outbreak ended, over fifty Tornadoes
had touched down in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska…
…Five violent Tornadoes touched down in southern Kansas and
The most significant/deadliest
Tornado touched down in Wichita, Kansas when an F5 Tornado swept through the
southern and eastern portions of the Wichita metropolitan area – including the
McConnell Air Force Base and the town of Andover.
Four other Tornadoes received the F4 rating in this outbreak, three of these violent Tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma. One Tornado overturned several cars on the Cimarron Turnpike before striking Wesport and Skiatook.
A second F4 Tornado struck Oologah, Oklahoma, northeast of Tulsa. The other violent Tornado was the only one to strike within the National Weather Service Norman (branch) area of responsibility – initially touching down east of Enid, around two point five miles from Garber…
…This Tornado ultimately
became known as the ‘Red Rock’ Tornado. It touched down at around 6:30pm, moved
northeast around sixty six miles over an hour and a half – making it one of the
longest Tornado paths document in Oklahoma.
In closing of this outbreak overview, another six Tornadoes touched down in north central and north eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening of the 26th April 1991.
We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction.
Now you’ve read about it, now relive the 26th April 1991 outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.
This record breaking
Tornadic event happened ninety four years ago today.
The Tri-State Tornado is at the moment in time the U.S. record holder for several elements – listed below.
Longest Tornado track – two hundred and nineteen miles (219)*
Most deaths in a single Tornado – six hundred and ninety five (695)
Most injuries in a single Tornado – two thousand and twenty seven (2027)
*The track was originally two hundred and eighteen miles – study by Johns et al. showed seventeen more miles – according to Gabe Garfield.
The below quote from the NWS explains the Tri-State Tornado brilliantly.
“On March 18, 1925, the Great Tri-State Tornado tore across Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Southwest Indiana. With its rapid movement, monstrous size, and long track, the tornado took hundreds of lives and injured thousands. By all means, the Tri-State Tornado was a rare event—an event that few people will ever experience in their lifetime.”
National Weather Service – Paducah, KY
Whilst this Tornadic event happened before modern time, this particular Tornado is considered to be a F5/EF-5 – on the Fujita/Enhanced Fujita Scale rating.
This deadly Tornado swept through three states – reason why it’s called Tri-State
– tearing through thirteen counties. These counties include: Missouri, Illinois
The Tri-State Tornado tore through nine towns and numerous smaller
villages – significant damage was caused of course.
It’s safe to suggest that track of this Tornado has been lost – due to growth of landscape and human development.
The map (pictured to the left) was produced by Wilson and Changnon in 1971. The illustration to the left seems to provide the most accurate track of this Tornado.
Find a re-created (digitised) copy of above map below – this visualisation was produced by U.S Tornadoes’ James Hyde.
We’re going to leave it there! However, we’re going to point you in the direction of some incredible material on the Tri-State Tornado – links can be found below.