Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Anniversary of the "Superoutbreak"

Today is the anniversary of the April 3-4, 1974, Superoutbreak of tornadoes in 1974. The map below, from the late Dr. Ted Fujita, shows the geographic extent of the storms.
While the watches were good, there were lots of problems with the warnings that day as the sheer number of tornadoes overwhelmed the system and the inadequate radar was not up to the task. AccuWeather has more.

I talk more about this tornado outbreak and its historic significance in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather

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