April 21st, 2006 marks the 5th anniversary of the F4 Hoisington Tornado (4/18/2006)

By: Brad Ketcham

April 21st, 2006 will mark the 5th anniversary of the devastating F4 tornado that killed 1 person and injured 28 others, as it moved through the heart of Hoisington, Kansas.

April 21st, 2006 marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating F4 tornado that moved through the heart of Hoisington, Kansas. This tornado killed 1 person and injured 28 others. In an average year only about 20 violent (F3 to F5) tornadoes occur each year across the United States.

Unfortunately, tornadoes like the Hoisington, Kansas one of April, 21st, 2001 will happen again. So during this time of rememberance its a good idea to review your severe weather and tornado safety rules, and when a tornado warning is issued its time to seek shelter immediately.

For more information about this devastating tornado see the following links:

NWS Wichita Archived Web Story:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ict/scripts/viewstory.php?STORY_NUMBER=2001071109

Damage path image (with F-scale) from Private Meteorologist Jon Davies:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/nwsexit.php?site=ict&url=http://members.cox.net/jdavies1/Hoisington%20aerials/HoisingtonTorPath2.gif

Case Study by NWS GLD SOO Al Pietrycha:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/nwsexit.php?site=ict&url=http://stormeyes.org/pietrycha/010421/010421.html

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.



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