Monday, March 5, 2012

Southern Indiana EF-4 Tornado Occurred a Month Earlier Than Only Previous Comparable Event

The National Weather Service reports this evening that the March 2 EF-4 tornado in Washington, Jefferson, and Clark counties in Indiana had a total track length of 49 miles with a maximum path width of as much as half a mile. It appears that this storm, although a month earlier, was at least comparable to the only other recorded event of similar magnitude in that region. The infamous outbreak of April 3-4, 1974, the worst in U.S. history up to that point, was the only previous event with F-4 or stronger tornadoes in those 3 counties since official records began in 1950, according to NOAA/NCDC historical data.

Image (click to enlarge): Track of southern Indiana EF-4 tornado on March 2, 2012, from National Weather Service; Indiana county map from

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