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.
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Just two days after a tornado outbreak affected Pennsylvania and New York, another tornado outbreak ripped through the East Coast. Pennsylvania was the hardest hit. Guest writer Nick Wilkes documents 20 tornadoes from this event. 17 of which were in PA.
I chose this event because it hit within a large city, Detroit, MI. As I started delving into the data, I became even more intrigued because right of the bat there is a discrepancy in the rating. Officially, the SPC Database lists the rating of this tornado as an F3. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes believes the damage was more in the F1 range.
This F1 tornado has a short path length of 2 miles with a width of 440 yards. Storm Data states this tornado developed 9 miles ENE of Freedom in Woods County, OK. A farmstead had a great deal of damage. The garage was demolished. Pieces of a toolshed and bard were “strewn over a wide area.”
A total of 7 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of Oklahoma and Kansas on Halloween of 1984. This summary focuses on a twister rated F1 that crossed through parts of Osage County, KS and near the town of Carbondale. This was an interesting event.
A total of 9 tornadoes are found in the SPC Database for October 7, 1965. The strongest is listed as an F3 in Randolph County, NC. When I looked up this event in Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis, I immediately saw a difference. He has this event listed as an F1.