Anniversary of March 2 Tornado Outbreak

Here are some interesting facts about the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak.

The first tornado on record for Martin County, Kentucky occurred on March 2, 2012.

The first tornadoes of EF2 intensity or greater on record for Menifee, Magoffin, Johnson and Martin Counties occured on March 2, 2012.

The tornado that hit West Liberty on March 2, 2012 was the longest tracked tornado in the United States last year.  This tornado had a continuous path of an astonishing 85 miles  through eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia,The path length of this tornado in Kentucky alone was 60 miles, making it the second longest tracked tornado in Kentucky going back to 1950. For records extending back to 1950, the only tornado with a longer path length in Kentucky was an F4 tornado on April 3, 1974 that had a path length of 79 miles through Anderson, Franklin and Scott counties.

The path of the tornado that hit Salyersville also extended an amazing 49 miles in Kentucky and West Virginia. The tornado that hit the East Bernstadt area of Laurel County had a path length of 7 miles and the tornado that hit Bath County had a path length close to 7 1/2 miles.

Total path length of all the tornadoes that hit the Jackson National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office service area on March 2, 2012 was 98.3 miles. This was the second greatest combined total path length for a tornado outbreak on record for the Jackson NWS service area. The tornadoes from the April 3, 1974 outbreak produced a total combined path length of 171.8 miles in the NWS Jackson service area. However most of the tornadoes in the April 3, 1974 outbreak were over central Kentucky, with areas near and east of Lake Cumberland in the NWS Jackson service area being especially hard hit.

The March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak stands as an event like no other for far eastern Kentucky. 

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