Thursday, April 03, 2014

Forty Years Ago

Forty years ago today the infamous tornado outbreak of April 3rd and 4th, 1974 was just about to begin. Above is one of the maps of tornado tracks during that outbreak, produced by Ted Fujita. There were 148 confirmed tornadoes in this outbreak, of which 30 were rated F4 or F5. There were over 300 fatalities caused by this event. Photo below is of the tornado that struck Xenia, Ohio, the afternoon of April 3rd, 1974.

Today the SPC has issued a forecast of a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms (above) ahead of a strong short wave moving eastward from the southern Rockies. The national hazards map from NWS below indicates a wide variety of active weather today. the yellow area indicates two tornado watches that are already in effect this morning.

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