After the catastrophic Joplin, Missouri tornado, elephants from a nearby postponed circus aided in the relief by pulling vehicles and debris off the road. newsfeed.time.com/2011/05…
Today in 1954 for 5 minutes, thousands of baby frogs fell from the sky after being picked up by a tornado and landed in Sutton park in Birmingham. birminghammail.co.uk/news…
Today I learned of the 'Tri-State Tornado', a category F5 tornado that lasted almost 4 hours, caused $2.2 billion dollars in damages, killed 695 people, and carved a path from Missouri through Illinois to Indiana back in 1925. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned of "The Tornado That Saved Washington". During the British sacking of 1814 a storm rolled in that doused most of the fires in the city (including the White House) and killed British soldiers with thrown debris smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about the "Tornado Towers" in Mankato MN. They were mobile homes stacked on top of each inside a concrete frame, and you could feel them swaying in a windstorm. The city eventually bought the properties and tore them down. mankatofreepress.com/mank…
LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado was the last steam locomotive built by British Railways. It is the only surviving example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence. Construction began in 1994 and was completed in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNE…
Today I learned about the 1997 Jarell tornado, which is considered the most destructive tornado in recorded history. By the time rescuers arrived at the Double Creek subdivision where 27 people had died, there was nothing in sight except bare slabs of foundation and ripped up dirt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
The Tornados' 1966 "Do You Come Here Often" is considered UK's first major label release of a gay themed pop song. The instrumental tune featured overdubbed flirty same-sex banter, at a time when violation of sodomy laws was punishable with prison time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A straight-line tornado is called a derecho. spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDere…
Alabama despite being outside tornado alley. Has the highest number of fatalities from tornadoes since 1991. spc.noaa.gov/climo/torn/f…
Today I learned of the 2011 April 27th tornado super outbreak. The system involved 362 confirmed tornadoes, including 3 EF-5 tornadoes with winds of upwards of 200 mph. Over a dozen states were impacted, incurring approximately $11 billion USD in damages. ncei.noaa.gov/news/2011-t…
Bernard Vonnegut, the older brother of the novelist Kurt Vonnegut, is famous for his work in cloud seeding to produce snow and rain. He was also awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 1997 for his paper "Chicken Plucking as Measure of Tornado Wind Speed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The depiction of the eye of the tornado in Twister is actually pretty accurate according to first-hand accounts science.howstuffworks.com…
The "Butterfly Effect", the term closely associated with the work of Edward Lorenz, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a tornado en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
The tornado in 'The Wizard of Oz' is just a 35 foot stocking blown by artificial wind and dirt held up by a "gantry" on a set - the gantry cost more than the whole anticipated budget for the entire scene; $218,347.23 in todays money. perspectaweather.com/blog…
There’s a British tornado alley bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
The November 2005 Evansville Tornado formed in Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River three times, destroying a horse track and demolishing a mobile home park. Though a 30 minute warning was given, the NOAA transmitter had malfunctioned, causing some weather radios to not sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
During the tornado outbreak of 1974, forecasters in Indiana, frustrated because they could not keep up with all of the simultaneous tornado activity, put the entire state under a blanket tornado warning. This was the only time in U.S. history that an entire state was under a tornado warning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Though fire whirls are common, the first documented real fire-tornado hit Australia's capital in 2003. youtu.be/rqYEeivt8Eg
The oldest known photograph of a tornado was taken in Howard, South Dakota by F.N. Robinson on August 28 1884. The tornado was responsible for 4 deaths and 2 injuries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
Tornado sirens are only designed to be heard if you are outside, not in your home or other building weather.gov/dvn/sirenFAQ#…
The memorable tornado from the movie "The Wizard of Oz" was actually a stocking wrapped around chicken wire and spun by a motor. www-1.kansas.com/entertai…
The town of Greensburg, Kansas was almost completely destroyed by an F5 tornado in 2007. The city used the opportunity to rebuild as one of the greenest cities in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington DC and burned down the White House and Capitol Building. The next day a tornado and storm lifted away two canons, killed troops, and damaged ships. The British retreated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
In 2003 the smoke from large bushfires in Canberra, Australia formed a Cumulonimbus Flammagenitus. Essentially the fire created its own supercell storm, complete with lighting and forming an F3-rated fire tornado. The tornado and associated fire killed 4 people and injured 492 others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cum…
In the aftermath of the Great Japan Earthquake of 1923, when fire broke out around the city of Tokyo, 44,000 people went to the river to escape the flames, only to be closed in by the flames on all sides. Almost all were then, in a single moment, incinerated by a 300ft tall fire tornado smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A Pizza Hut manager during the Joplin tornado saved many lives by herding customers into a walk in freezer and bungee cording his arm to the freezer door before being sucked into the tornado and killed. kshb.com/news/state/misso…
A massive earthquake struck Japan in 1923, causing a fire tornado that incinerated 38,000 people in 15 minutes and was so hot, people's feet were melted to the ground and they could not run away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
Two weeks after 9/11 Washington D.C was hit by an F1 tornado en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Back in 2011, the travelling Picadilly Circus was scheduled to perform in Joplin, Missouri, until an EF-5 Tornado destroyed most of the city, rendering them unable to perform. As a result, the circus employees used their two adult elephants to help drag debris off the roads for first responders. newsfeed.time.com/2011/05…
Tornado Alley, an area in the US that's known for a large amount of tornadoes, has been slowly moving East, and we don't have a definite reason why. weather.com/storms/tornad…
2011 Joplin Missouri: After a mile wide EF5 tornado obliterated an entire city, 2 circus elephants were used to remove debris and clear a path for first responders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
A 75-yr-old woman took shelter from a tornado in her bathtub. The tornado ripped off the roof of her house, lifted the tub out of her bathroom, and deposited it in the woods with the uninjured woman still in it. ksla.com/story/34328012/a…
The national weather center campus where they make severe weather/tornado forecasts has a cafe called the Flying Cow, a reference from the 90's movie Twister. foxnews.com/science/torna…
In 1091, London Bridge came falling down due to a F4 tornado en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
When the deadliest tornado touched down in 1925 Missouri, people were taken by surprise. This was because the word 'tornado' was banned from US weather forecasts since the late 19th century due to hysteria. This mentality shifted after the tornado killed 675 ill-prepared residents britannica.com/event/Tri-…
Today I learned about Christopher Lucas. A man who saved more than 15 lives during the Joplin, MO Tornado in 2011 by strapping himself to the door of a walk-in freezer. kshb.com/news/state/misso…
In 1940, a tornado picked up roughly 1000 16th century silver coins from an undiscovered treasure trove and rained them down on the Russian village of Meschera. popularmechanics.com/scie…
The inside of a tornado is filled with blue lightning, and many little tornadoes. The air is smooth, not turbulent, but hard to breath. science.howstuffworks.com…
Tornados are almost uniquely an issue for the United States youtu.be/0yiZveJAEp4
Kerry Von Erich, the "Texas Tornado," wrestled with a prosthetic foot. wrestlerdeaths.com/kerry-…
If the sky is green there’s probably going to be a large storm/tornado news.wisc.edu/curiosities…
After the British set fire to Washington D.C. during the War Of 1812, a tornado appeared out of nowhere and put out the fire saving Washington D.C. historicaldigression.com/…
Today I learned about Picher, Oklahoma. A town that had to be abandoned after it was discovered that an old lead mine was poisoning the residents. The real nail in the coffin came when an F-4 tornado hit in 2008. Today, the town sits completely empty. 5newsonline.com/2015/11/0…
Today I learned of the 1952 Carswell Air Force Base Tornado, in which 83 B-36 aircraft (2/3 of the entire force), the only long-range nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union at the time, was damaged or destroyed in just 30 minutes. tailsthroughtime.com/2010…
The fastest accurately recorded wind speed not related to tornadoes was 253 MPH. It was recorded during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on 10 April 1996. The highest recorded surface wind speed was measured at 302 MPH during the Bridge Creek–Moore tornado in Oklahoma on 3 May 1999 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Kurt Vonnegut's brother, Bernard, won an Ig Nobel prize for determining that the ability of a tornado to pluck the feathers from a chicken is not a good method of estimating its wind speed. theguardian.com/education…
After a tornado in 1998, 1000+ trees were toppled at The Hermitage, a plantation built by President Andrew Jackson. Using wood from the fallen trees, the Gibson Guitar Corporation produced 200 limited edition "Old Hickory" guitars. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
During ww2 an air raid on Hamburg created a fire tornado that destroyed 8 square miles of the city and made the asphalt burst into flames en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
A Tornado not only sucks in warm air but cold air as well thanks to a simulation Dr. Leigh Orf from the university of Wisconsin youtube.com/watch?v=e2wbn…
As the 2011Joplin Tornado hit the local pizza hut, store manager, Christopher Lucas herded 4 employees and 15 customers into a walk-in freezer. Since the door could not shut, he wrapped a bungee cable holding the door shut around his arm until he was sucked into the tornado, killing him. joplinglobe.com/news/loca…
Today I learned about the "Tornado Intercept Vehicle". It's a 14,300 lb armoured Dodge Ram designed to drive into and film the inside of tornadoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
When "a jet airplane flies through the sky, it creates two invisible tornados....These tornados are called vortices and can cause problems...Standard procedure in air flight is to stagger the planes' flight patterns so that the vortices have dissipated by the time another jet passes through" scienceiq.com/Facts/TwinT…
For 3 years tornadoes passed near or through Codell, Kansas every May 20th on 1916, 1917, 1918. After the May 20 1918 tornado the town never fully recovered from the devastation. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
During the burning of Washington D.C., in the War of 1812, a tornado formed in the middle of the city and headed toward Capitol Hill killing British soldiers and destroying cannons. After the rains that came with the tornado put out the flames the British decided to leave the city. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
91 years ago, the most destructive tornado ever recorded in US history was formed. It was reportedly on the ground for 3 hours and 30 min, cutting a swath through 3 states and killing 695 people ustornadoes.com/2014/03/1…
In 1974 the city of Tanner, AL was hit by 2 F5 tornadoes in 30 mins. A man injured in the first tornado was taken to a church in the area, which collapsed in the second tornado, killing him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
There are invisible/ghost tornados. Tornados get their color from debris, but over an open field can be "invisible". youtu.be/vjNTDcjSYMU
The deadliest tornado in Delaware's history was an F2 tornado that struck the tiny town of Hartly (population of 74) in 1983, killing 2 people and injuring 9 others. Also, 32 of it's current residents are registered sex offenders. city-data.com/city/Hartly…
A tornado appeared out of nowhere in Washington DC after the British set fire to the White House in 1814, putting out the flames smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The United Arab Emirates donated a laptop to every high school student in Joplin, Missouri, after the city had been devastated by a tornado. joplinglobe.com/local/x15…
The night the British burned the White House to the ground during the War of 1812, they were dispersed and forced to retreat after a giant hurricane sprang up out of nowhere, and then unbelievably a tornado which spun off from the hurricane. British occupation of DC lasted only 26 hours. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Storm Clouds Turn Green Before a Tornado formation youtube.com/watch?v=4MGFp…
Today I learned of Richard Blandy, who was the greatest pole-sitter. He sat on poles for up to 125 days on one occasion, drinking 92 bottles of whiskey and 3 packs of cigarettes per day. He was struck by lightning more than once, and had a tornado knock him off his pole. He died when his pole collapsed. findagrave.com/memorial/9…
On the day Judy Garland died, there was a tornado in Kansas imdb.com/name/nm0000023/b…
In June 2008, a tornado hit Kansas State University's campus destroying only one building: their Wind Erosion Lab reuters.com/article/2008/…
6 construction workers survived a tornado while on top of the world's tallest smokestack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sud…
Until 1950, U.S. Weathermen Were Forbidden From Talking About Tornados slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
In 1981 a Dutch airplane flew into a tornado and was ripped apart in mid-air killing all 17 on board en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLM…
Hall of Famer Sam Rice quit baseball for 2 years after his wife, kids, parents and sisters were all killed in a tornado. He finished his career 13 hits short of 3000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
The largest tornado ever recorded was the El Reno tornado on May 31 in El Reno, OK (2.6 miles or 4.2km wide) earthsky.org/earth/el-ren…
Ewan McGregor's brother Colin is a RAF Tornado pilot, his callsign is Obi Two. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2011, Five people were killed by a flesh-eating fungus carried by a tornado sciencedaily.com/releases…
A physicist at Temple University has proposed building giant walls 1,000 feet high to tornado-proof the Midwest motherboard.vice.com/read…
Today I learned of the Lovelady tornado that hit without any watches or warnings of any kind due to gaps in national radar coverage. weather.com/storms/tornad…
The first documented fire tornado occurred in Canberra, Australia in 2003. As opposed to a fire whirl (fire sucked up into the air), a fire tornado is a literal tornado made of fire. youtube.com/watch?v=rqYEe…
The sky can appear to be any color of the rainbow; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet as well as shades of Gray, Black and White. Green is the rarest and is usually only seen in extreme weather (i.e. tornados). youtube.com/watch?v=isrHU…
The deadliest tornado was not in the United States, but Bangladesh in 1989, with approximately 1300 people killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
During the Great Japan Earthquake-1923 nearly 44,000 were killed by a 300ft fire-tornado while seeking refuge near a river smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During WWII there was a 1500ft high tornado of fire in Hamburg caused by the extreme bombing of the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The US tornado outbreak of 2011 had one similar to it in 1974. ustornadoes.com/2013/04/2…
21 years before L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, he read a disaster report of a tornado in Irving, Kansas, in May 1879 which included the name of a victim, Dorothy Gale, who was "found buried face down in a mud puddle." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The German Air Force has been stationed at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico since 1992. The base is used by Germany to train Tornado air crews. germany.info/Vertretung/u…
An Alabama Crimson Tide basketball player saved lives when a tornado hit Atlanta by making a three point shot that sent the game into overtime which kept spectators from leaving the stadium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
The FCC had a ban on TV/radio media releasing tornado warnings until 1954 when Harry Volkman broadcast the first televised tornado warning in Oklahoma City, due to his belief the ban was costing lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
We don't fully understand what causes air to rotate to cause a tornado scied.ucar.edu/shortconte…
The biggest tornado ever was BIG: the 1925 Tri-State Tornado holds records for longest path length (219 mi), longest duration (3.5 hrs), and fastest forward speed (73 mph) anywhere on Earth. AND it was the deadliest in U.S. history (695 dead). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A pharmacist would not leave the town of Picher, Ok even after it was declared part of a Superfund site and rocked by an EF4 tornado. He stayed because he loved his job so much. When he died there were less than 20 people still living in Picher. reddirtchronicles.com/201…
The Regina Cyclone of 1912 remains the deadliest tornado in Canadian history with a total of 28 fatalities. The city forced those rendered homeless by the disaster to pay for the nightly use of cots set up in schools and city parks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
The Wizard of Oz tornado was a big sock with wind and dirt thrown at it. washingtonpost.com/blogs/…
The fastest winds recorded on earth (May 3, 1999 tornado: 301mph) and the largest tornado recorded (May 31, 2013: 2.6 miles wide) crossed the same street. kfor.com/2013/05/20/inter…
An entire town was completely destroyed by a single, massive tornado. Population is currently zero and there are no plans to rebuild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In the Great Kantō earthquake 40k people were killed by a single fire tornado smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of Theunis Wessels, of Alberta, who one day decided to continue mowing his lawn in spite of a very large tornado behind him, insisting that he was "Keeping his eye on it." timescolonist.com/man-who…
The deadliest tornado ever recorded in Australia only resulted in 3 deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There's a "cursed pillar" in Georgia that has withstood a tornado in 1829 and locals say kills anyone who touches it. roadsideamerica.com/story…
The city of London started out as a settlement of the Roman Empire called Londinium -- and that it was laregely destroyed by a massive F4 tornado that struck it more than 1,000 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In 1925, one of the world's most exceptional tornadoes - Tri-State Tornado - was on the ground for 7 hours and 20 minutes causing $1.4 billion dollars in damages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…

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