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Monday, March 4, 2013

Tornado Safety Week - Local Tornadoes

UPDATE: Friday March 8, 2012:  From the "best laid plans of mice and men" category (thanks to Robert Burns for writing the poem and John Steinbeck for making the phrase famous), snowfall took up two days this week and recovery one. As a result I did not get as much done as I had hoped. I did get time to plot these maps of Cincinnati area tornadoes, despite corrupt files and the usual challenges. Note the 2012 tornadoes are NOT included in the maps of tornadoes by F/EF scale. The Storm Prediction Center is finalizing their work on the 2012 data. I will update these when the data is available.

In honor of tornado safety week each night  I will post information on severe weather and tornadoes. This is a map showing all tornadoes in and around the FOX19 viewing area since 1950. Prior to 1950 data is scarce and not reliable and official digital records of tornadoes begin in 1950.











The only F5/EF5 tornadoes in our region occurred during the April 3-4, 1974 Super Outbreak.  All tornadoes since 1950 around here are shown in the maps above. Click on the image for a larger view.

F/EF5 Torndoes are fairly rare. All the F/EF5 in the U.S. are show below, courtesy of NOAA SPC.



List of all F5/EF5 Tornadoes in the U.S. 1950 - 2012

State with the most F/EF5s - Oklahoma - 8
Month With the Most F/EF5s - May with 21)
Single Day with the most F/EF5s - April 3, 1974 - 7
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#       DATE                    LOCATION
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No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 2012

60      May 31, 2013        El Reno, OK (at 2.6 miles the widest tornado on record)
59      May 20, 2013        New Castle - Moore, OK
58      May 24, 2011        El Reno/Piedmont OK
57      May 22, 2011        Joplin MO
56      Apr 27, 2011         Rainsville/Sylvania AL
55      Apr 27, 2011         Preston MS
54      Apr 27, 2011         Hackleburg/Phil Campbell AL
53      Apr 27, 2011         Smithville MS

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 2009 - 2010

52      May 25, 2008        Parkersburg IA
51      May 4, 2007          Greensburg KS

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 2000 - 2006

50      May 3, 1999          Bridge Creek/Moore OK
49      Apr 16, 1998         Waynesboro TN
48      Apr 8, 1998           Oak Grove/Pleasant Grove AL
47      May 27, 1997        Jarrell TX
46      Jul 18, 1996          Oakfield WI

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 1993 - 1995

45       June 16, 1992       Chandler MN
44       Apr 26, 1991        Andover KS
43       Aug 28, 1990        Plainfield IL
42       Mar 13, 1990        Goessel KS
41      Mar 13, 1990         Hesston KS

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 1986 -1989

40      May 31, 1985        Niles OH
39      Jun 7, 1984            Barneveld WI

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1983

38      Apr 2, 1982           Broken Bow OK

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 1978 - 1981

37      Apr 4, 1977           Birmingham AL
36      Jun 13, 1976          Jordan IA
35      Apr 19, 1976         Bownwood TX
34      Mar 26, 1976        Spiro OK

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1975

33      Apr 3, 1974          Guin AL
32      Apr 3, 1974          Tanner AL
31      Apr 3, 1974          Mt. Hope AL
30      Apr 3, 1974          Sayler Park OH
29      Apr 3, 1974          Brandenburg KY
28      Apr 3, 1974          Xenia OH
27      Apr 3, 1974          Daisy Hill IN


26       May 6, 1973           Valley Mills TX

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1972

25      Feb 21, 1971           Delhi LA
24      May 11, 1970          Lubbock TX

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1969

23      Jun 13, 1968           Tracy MN
22      May 15, 1968         Maynard IA
21      May 15, 1968         Charles City IA
20     Apr 23, 1968           Gallipolis OH

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1967

19      Oct 14, 1966           Belmond IA
18      Jun 8, 1966             Topeka KS
17      Mar 3, 1966            Jackson MS
16      May 8, 1965            Gregory SD
15      May 5, 1964            Bradshaw NE
14      Apr 3, 1964            Wichita Falls TX

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 1961 - 1963

13      May 5, 1960             Prague OK

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1959

12      Jun 4, 1958              Menomonie WI
11      Dec 18, 1957           Murphysboro IL
10      Jun 20, 1957            Fargo ND
9       May 20, 1957           Ruskin Heights MO
8       Apr 3, 1956              Grand Rapids MI
7       May 25, 1955            Udall KS
6       May 25, 1955            Blackwell OK

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down in 1954

5        Dec 5, 1953            Vicksburg MS
4        Jun 27, 1953            Adair IA
3        Jun 8, 1953              Flint MI
2        May 29, 1953           Ft. Rice ND
1        May 11, 1953           Waco TX

No EF5 Tornadoes Touched Down 1950 - 1952

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