On April 27, 2011, 360 total tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in 21 states spanning from Texas to New York and southern Canada, killing 348 in total and making it the largest and deadliest tornado outbreaks recorded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The 2013 El Reno tornado was the widest tornado ever recorded. weather.gov/oun/events-20…
A fire tornado is when a fire has such intensity that it generates an actual tornado. California has spawned multiple rare "firenados." One in 2018 was rated EF3 with winds in excess of 143 mph (230 km/h). Resulting in uprooted trees, cars and damaged structures due to wind as well as fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The day after British troops set fire to Washington D.C. during the War of 1812, a possible hurricane which spun off into a tornado put out the flames and chased the British back to their ships. It is now known as β€œThe storm that saved Washington” wusa9.com/article/news/lo…
Today I learned about the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 that started one of the first ever recorded fire-tornados that killed over 38,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
Today I learned about "Dixie Alley", an area of the Southeastern US that has more tornado-related deaths than anywhere in Tornado Alley (except Texas), and is experiencing increasing tornadic activity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dix…
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 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 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…
Alabama despite being outside tornado alley. Has the highest number of fatalities from tornadoes since 1991. spc.noaa.gov/climo/torn/f…
A straight-line tornado is called a derecho. spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDere…
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…
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 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…
The depiction of the eye of the tornado in Twister is actually pretty accurate according to first-hand accounts science.howstuffworks.com…
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…
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…
There’s a British tornado alley bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
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…
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…
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…
Though fire whirls are common, the first documented real fire-tornado hit Australia's capital in 2003. youtu.be/rqYEeivt8Eg
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Tornado sirens are only designed to be heard if you are outside, not in your home or other building weather.gov/dvn/sirenFAQ#…
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…
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-…
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…
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/…
Tornados are almost uniquely an issue for the United States youtu.be/0yiZveJAEp4
Two weeks after 9/11 Washington D.C was hit by an F1 tornado en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
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…
In 1091, London Bridge came falling down due to a F4 tornado en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
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…
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…
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…
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…
If the sky is green there’s probably going to be a large storm/tornado news.wisc.edu/curiosities…
Kerry Von Erich, the "Texas Tornado," wrestled with a prosthetic foot. wrestlerdeaths.com/kerry-…
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…

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