On August 28, 1884, a deadly localized tornado outbreak would unfold across portions of eastern South Dakota. One of these twisters would become the second earliest photographed in history. There are sharp discrepancies over which tornado that day was photographed, and there is no detailed summary of the event in its entirety. In this article, I attempt to solve both of these longstanding unknowns.
11 tornadoes struck parts of the High Plains on August 26, 2007. The strongest was a deadly EF4 that tore through the town of Northwood. In this summary, we look at the three significant tornadoes of the outbreak and the damage they caused.
It was one for the record books! A large, unexpected tornado outbreak occurred on August 24, 2016. 22 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of IN and OH. We look at five of them that hit in Howard County, IN including one of the strongest of the day.
At least three significant tornadoes occurred on August 21, 1883. By far the most damaging of the trio and the topic of this summary was a horrific F5 that tore through the Minnesota town of Rochester. Yet from the aftermath of this devastating tragedy, something wonderful would be created – the Mayo Clinic.
On August 20, 1914, an F3 tornado ripped through the eastern edge of Wilke-Barre. 7 people were killed and over 70 were killed as 25 homes were leveled and over 100 others were damaged. Four of the fatalities occurred in a silk mill that was demolished.
On the afternoon of August 19, 1890, four tornadoes occurred in Pennsylvania. The focus of the summary looks at the two most impactful. An F3/borderline F4 tornado crossed through parts of Columbia and Luzerne County. 4 people were killed as it swept away several homes. As that tornado dissipated another tornado formed and plowed into Wilkes-Barre. 16 people were killed as this tornado damaged or destroyed over 400 buildings in the city.
On August 11, 1993, one of the most unique tornadoes in history would form in among the Utah mountains of the High Uintas Wilderness. The highest elevation significant tornado and the strongest in Utah history, this event pushed the limits of tornadoes in rugged terrain farther than any other.
On August 11, 1999, the most damaging tornado in Utah history carved a 4-mile long swath through the heart of Salt Lake City. Tragically 1 person was killed and over 80 people were injured. 300 buildings were damaged or destroyed.
This summary looks at three of the most notable tornadoes of the Northwoods Outbreak on August 6, 1969. Included is a look at the fifth-deadliest tornado in Minnesota state history, the Outing tornado.
On August 7, 2010, 11 tornadoes were reported by the SPC. This summary looks at the most violent, an EF-4 that affected parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. This photogenic tornado was captured on video as it leveled a farm in Wilkin County, MN.