This Day In Weather History
Weather History for Saturday, November 22nd, 2014:
In 1992, the second of a three day tornado outbreak continued to spread east across Dixie from Eastern Mississippi, across Alabama and Georgia, to the western Carolinas. Shortly after midnight, a frightening F4, with a track 40 miles long and 1 mile wide, struck eastern Mississippi. The monstrous vortex began from about midway between Jackson and Hattiesburg, and raced northeast to about 40 miles west of Meridian. Although it roared primarily through rural areas, it's still remarkable no one was killed. However 20 were injured and it caused up to $50 million damage. Two violent F4s hit Georgia. The first one was a half mile wide and on the ground for 20 miles. It began 25 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, and raced northeast. Although there were no fatalities, there were 46 injuries and close to $50 million damage. The second F4 struck that afternoon and was deadly. Tearing northeast through Central Georgia, the half mile wide tempest had a track 32 miles long, and raced northeast
from about 40 miles northeast of Macon to White Plains. There 5 deaths, 86 injuries, and up to $50 million damage. The longest track, belonged to an F3 that raced 67 miles from about 40 miles northwest of Augusta, to about 30 miles northwest of Columbia, South Carolina. Averaging one quarter mile wide, the tornado killed 1, injured 9, and caused up to $5 million. Indiana and part of the Ohio River Valley were also hit hard. The most serious was an F4, that struck about midway between Louisville and Cincinnati. Crossing the Ohio River from Northeast Kentucky, to the southeast corner of Indiana, the tornado killed 1, injured 10, and caused up to $5 million damage. On this second day of the outbreak, 61 tornadoes occurred. The outbreak finally ended very early the next morning, but not until making more history. An F3 tornado raced a staggering 160 miles across Eastern North Carolina, tracking from about 20 miles south of Raleigh to Elizabeth City. Remarkably there were no fatalities,
but 44 were injured, with close to $5 million damage. It's the longest tornado in North Carolina history. Another F3 struck 12 miles northwest of Chapel Hill. It was three quarters of a mile wide, killed 2 and injured 10.
During the three day outbreak, 95 tornadoes occurred, of which 47 were strong or violent. The tornadoes killed 26, injured 641, caused around $713 million damage, and affected 13 states. It's the worst November outbreak on record.
In 1982, Southeast Alaska had a miserable Thanksgiving. An intense low pressure system produced winds around 100 mph. The tides were some 3 feet above normal with waves up to 10 feet. It's surprising the waves weren't higher. The storm damaged many buildings and roads and destroyed an unspecified number of boats. The city of Juneau sustained $2.5 million damage.