Sunday, April 03, 2022

Forty Eight Years Ago


The super tornado outbreak of April 3/4 occurred 48 years ago today. Map of tornadoes documented by Ted Fujita is shown above.

There were 148 tornadoes documented, and 30 of these were violent F-4 and F-5 tornadoes. Photos below show tornadoes that hit Xenia, Ohio, and Hanover/Madison, Indiana. The tornadoes resulted in 335 deaths.

I was a forecaster in the Military Weather Warning Center (MWWC) at Offutt AFB, Nebraska back then. I was not on duty this day, but wanted to go in to work during early afternoon, when it was apparent that a significant severe storm outbreak was underway. Failed in this effort because we were experiencing freezing rain and sleet, and I could not get out of our driveway.

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