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.
One of the most devastating tornadoes to ever hit the state of Virginia was spawned by Hurricane Gracie on September 30, 1959. The twister tracked through a part of Albemarle County west of Charlottesville and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This summary provides a detailed analysis of discrepancies in the path and the number of tornadoes to hit this day. It also focuses on the tragedy near Ivy. In mere seconds, ten members of one family lost their lives.
This monster tornado was the final EF3+ of the 2011 Super Outbreak and one of the most extreme twisters in Georgia history. But, beyond the extraordinary damage, this is also a story about the remarkable people and communities who faced and surmounted a terrible disaster.
An intense tornado tracked for nearly 77 miles across Central Alabama, causing significant damage in the small towns of Sawyerville and Eoline. This event was overshadowed by others in the area. Dozens of rural homes were decimated, and remarkable vegetation damage occurred. Tragically seven people were killed, and 52 were injured.
This was the third EF3+ tornado to strike Marion County, AL, in two hours on April 27, 2011. It caused major damage and injuries in the town of Haleyville and surrounding areas.
The early AM twisters of April 27, 2011 are sometimes called “the forgotten tornadoes.” The events of that morning are often overshadowed by the devastating twisters later in the day. This summary looks at one of those intense AM tornadoes near Coaling, AL.
The second tornado produced by the Hackleburg supercell, this EF3 caused substantial damage in southern Tennessee near Huntland.
The April 25-28, 2011 Super Outbreak started on an active note for the state of Arkansas. Eighteen tornadoes occurred across the state on April 25. We take an in-depth look at four of these, two of which caused fatalities.
This was the predecessor to the infamous Smithville tornado. The areas damaged by this twister received very little attention, and no complete survey was made of the track by the National Weather Service (NWS). We dug deep into both the stories and the damage. What we found was astounding.
This intense tornado tore apart neighborhoods across a 32-mile track in Georgia. Multiple two-story homes were wiped from their foundations, and 26 people were injured.