This Day In Weather History
Weather History for Thursday, April 24th, 2014:
In 1908, the Dixie Tornado Outbreak ravaged 6 states resulting in horrific loss of life. Comprised of 16 killer tornadoes, this outbreak of tornadic terror caused 320 fatalities. Hardest hit were Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Three of the twisters were F4 monstrosities. The worst F4 tore through Eastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. It killed 143 and injured 770 along a track 155 miles long and around 2 miles wide! Putting that into perspective, the distance from Wichita to Oklahoma City is around 160 miles. The monstrous vortex leveled Purvis, MS where 55 died. Early that morning, an F4 with a path 90 miles long and averaging one half mile wide killed 91 and injured around 400 as it tore through Northeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi. The third F4 that roared across Northern Alabama killed 35 and injured 108. It had a track 105 miles long and nearly one half mile wide. The 'Land of Dixie' could easily be nicknamed 'The Land of Long Track Tornadoes.'