On the evening of May 15, 2013, a regional outbreak of 20 tornadoes took place in Texas and Oklahoma. Most of these twisters proved harmless and weak (rated EF0 and EF1). However, the southwestern fringes of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex saw two, rated EF3 and EF4, which accounted for most of the outbreak’s property losses and injuries. The latter, and the focus of this summary, only needed 2.5 miles to devastate the community of Granbury, TX, where six people lost their lives.
Luther, TX F2 Tornado – June 5, 2005
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During the evening of June 5, 2005, a massive, discrete supercell meandered across the arid plains of west-central Texas. With a forward speed of just 5 mph, it spent more than five hours over almost total wilderness in Borden and Howard Counties. The storm produced six tornadoes, the strongest of which is the focus of this summary.
Overview of the February 21-22, 1971 Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak
An overview page for the devastating February 21-22, 1971 Mississippi Delta outbreak.
On February 21, 1971, the Mississippi delta region was terrorized by one of the worst disasters in its history. Three massive tornadoes, along with dozens of smaller and undocumented twisters, raked across eastern Mississippi with catastrophic results. At least 119 lives were claimed, and another two were killed the following day in North Carolina. All told, nearly 1500 were injured, with small communities wiped from the map. As of 2023, only the 1974 Super Outbreak, the 2011 Super Outbreak, and the Joplin disaster have since surpassed this loss of life in the United States.
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Hazel Green, AL-Vanntown, TN EF3 Tornado – April 1, 2023
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On March 31 and April 1, 2023, a large and widespread tornado outbreak took place over the Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States, stretching over to the Atlantic Coast. For two days, 145 twisters contributed to one of the most sizable events on record, taking 27 lives and affecting many more. Twelve of these were rated EF3 or greater across seven states. This summary focuses on a deadly EF3 that took place in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.
Laramie, WY EF3 Tornado - June 6, 2018
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Wyoming isn’t typically renowned for grand, photogenic twisters. With just an average of twelve per year, most, if not all, are small, weak, short-lived, and unremarkable. It is easy to see why folks don’t recognize the state as tornado country. However, in 2018, Wyoming would experience a year unlike any before. In contrast, traditional states such as Oklahoma would experience an unusual lull in activity. Wyoming became a major hotspot, with over twenty twisters documented and three reaching EF3 intensity. But on June 6, 2018, an incredible storm drew international attention and created a spectacle for residents and storm chasers in and around Laramie and beyond.
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