Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS
NOUS43 KICT 251100
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
600 AM CDT Tue Apr 25 2017
...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...
In 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in United States
history began.Over a 4 day period from April 25th to
the 28th, an inconceivable 327 confirmed tornadoes
occurred. They unleashed an expansive swath of
horrifying death and destruction over 21 states extending
from Texas to New York and even Southern Ontario, Canada.
The outbreak leveled the previous record of 148 set on
April 3rd and 4th, 1974 by just over a 2 to 1 margin.
Widespread and destructive tornadoes occurred each day.
In fact, the April 3rd and 4th 1974 record was broken on
the 27th alone, when a staggering 173 tornadoes occurred.
This was obviously a single day record. The hardest hit
states were Mississippi and Alabama where 3 EF5 tornadoes
tore through both states. The first EF5 struck East
Central Mississippi with a track 29 miles long and around
one half mile wide. It killed 3 and 2 homes vanished.
The second was perhaps the most violent. It tore through
the Northeast Mississippi town of Smithville. Fourteen
were killed. Eighteen homes, 14 businesses, the police
station and post office were all leveled. The tornado
track was 75 miles long and averaged one half mile wide
as it crossed the state line, after which it dissipated
in Northwest Alabama. The third EF5 tornado tore through
Northwest Alabama where it killed 78. This was the
deadliest in Alabama history and the deadliest since the
Udall Tornado of May 25, 1955.Dozens of well built
homes were swept from their foundations. Three churches,
3 restaurants, and a high school were leveled.A large
cargo container was thrown 600 yards and sections of
asphalt were scoured from highways. It missed a nuclear
power plant by 2 miles. The track was an incredible 132
miles long and up to 1.25 miles wide. The tornado
drawing the greatest attention was an EF4 that roared
along a track 80 miles long from Tuscaloosa to
Birmingham. It averaged between 1 and 1.5 miles wide and
killed 61. Forty one of the fatalities were in
Tuscaloosa where around 1,000 were injured. The
University of Alabama suspended operations and postponed
commencement ceremonies until August 6th. In all, 321
people were killed of which 247 were in Alabama.
In 1898, Volcano Springs California lived up to its name
by soaring to a high of 118 degrees, thereby establishing
the all time warmest temperature in the United States for
the month of April. In 1984, a late season snowstorm
spanning a 3 day period overwhelmed parts of the Northern
Rockies and Northwestern Plains. Red Lodge Montana was
snowed under by 6 feet, while around five and a half feet
buried Lead South Dakota. It was the worst late season
snowstorm to hit the affected areas.