NEW SUMMARY! An outbreak of 35 tornadoes occurred across 6 states on February 29, 2012. During the early morning, a squall line with embedded supercells pressed through parts of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The strongest tornado of the day occurred between 451am and 504am CT. This summary is currently for Patreon members only.
The NWS described this as a “monstrous tornado”. It developed just after 9am CST, 2 miles south of Moselle, MS. It grew rapidly and moved to the northeast at 60 mph. 10 minutes after it formed, the tornado hit the Glade Community, 3 miles SE of Laurel. At this point, the tornado was close to 2 miles wide and was producing F4 damage.
This summary looks back at the tornadoes of February 26, 1958. The SPC database lists 14 tornadoes, half of these in the state of Mississippi. Three of the twisters listed have extremely long, continuous path lengths.
This tornado developed in Plains Township (Luzerne County) near Bald Mountain Road. It tracked a total of 12.52 miles (7.12 miles in Luzerne County and 5.40 miles in Lackawanna County).
The twister moved to the northeast moving into Pontotoc County near the Matthews area. Most of the damage was between the communities of Algoma and Pontotoc. Approximately 360 homes, 15 businesses and 2 churches were damaged/destroyed. Per the Storm Data Publication, one of the destroyed homes was a restored antebellum plantation home listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
There was heavy damage south of Tuscaloosa, several homes were leveled. In the SE part of the city, significant damage occurred at the intersection of I-59 and McFarland Blvd. A new Scottish Inn Motel was destroyed. 23-year-old housekeeper Thelma Hill was killed when most of the second floor of the motel was sheared away by the tornado causing a wall to fall on her.
It was deemed “The Night of the Tornadoes” – The most deadly tornado outbreak in Florida history occurred during the nighttime hours of February 22-23, 1998. A total of 7 tornadoes swept through the central parts of the state between 1055pm EST and 230am EST. The tornadoes were unusually strong. 3 of the 7 were rated F3. 42 people were killed and over 260 were injured. 3,000 structures were damaged, 700 destroyed. This summary will look at all 7 tornadoes in the outbreak.
The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak occurred February 21-22, 1971. There was a total of 19 tornadoes across 9 states. 123 people were killed with most of those occurring on the 21st. Nearly 1600 injuries were reported. Three significant tornadoes occurred on the 21st. Two were given an F4 rating and 1 was rated F5.